I do mind waiting

A man impatiently looking at his watch

Many of us have a habit of looking at our watches while we are waiting on God.

Of all the words in the English language, patience is probably my least favorite. Surely, many of you can attest to this, especially when you have a need to be met. I try to be a patient person, but some things I just do not want to wait for.

Our world, in many ways, reflects a disdain for patience. We have all kinds of technological advancements aimed solely at doing things more “efficiently” or using less time. The ways in which we communicate with each other are more than telling of our growing intolerance for patience.

Cellular phones, text messaging, instant messaging, tweeting, emails (that now come right to your phone) and the like have even changed our expectations of communication. Think about it. When you send someone a text message, don’t you expect the recipient to respond almost immediately? I know I do.

For the believer, though, patience is one of the most essential qualities that we must possess. If you are upset about that (I am slightly) then I suggest that you direct your complaints at this little thing called “faith.”

James 1:3 informs that, “the trying of your faith worketh patience” (KJV). This means that the only way that our faith can truly be put on display is by our demeanor in the waiting process.

Why is this important? Well, Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Faith and patience, then, are synonymous, and unwillingness to wait is not something that is pleasing to the Lord. God does want us to know, however, that our waiting is not in vain. He is able to perform whatever it is that we are waiting on him to do, but we have to do just that–wait.

Romans 8:24-25 reads, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

We cannot really say that we are waiting on God unless we do so patiently. Otherwise, what we are really doing is rushing God, because he is not operating on our timetable. On the contrary, the Bible instructs us to go against our propensity to be restless.

Philippians 4:6 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” It is interesting that this passage gives the command to do so with thanksgiving. Often times, when dealing with our various situations, we lose sight of God–who he is and what he has done.

Having a need or facing a trial does not negate our call to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). It is during our waiting process, whether it be for deliverance,  provision or an answer to prayer, that we are to be all the more prayerful and do so with a spirit of gratefulness.

After all, no matter what the circumstance is, his grace will always be sufficient.


~ by christianballenger on May 31, 2011.

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