The Wisdom of Waiting on God
Which words come to mind when you think of waiting?
The Lord’s perspective is very different. He says those who wait on Him will be blessed. (Isaiah 30:18) Pausing to hear from our Father is always the wisest action we can take. That’s how we receive clear direction. As believers, we’re not to operate as the world does. We don’t determine our course by human reasoning or the example of others. Our guidance is to come from God—the one who instructs us in the way which we should go. (Psalm 32:8)
When we pause to hear from God, we also keep in step with the timing of His plan. “Seize the moment” is our culture’s philosophy. But, “wait for the Lord” should be the Christian’s. One of the blessings of following God’s timetable is that difficult people and situations can be endured with inner confidence and peace. We know we’re in the place God wants us to be, and He has promised to take care of us.
We acquire the necessary preparation when we wait on Him. God knows just what training we need for both the joys and sorrows that await us. As we cooperate with Him, the time spent waiting will prove productive and beneficial.
Finally, waiting on the Lord purifies our motives and strengthens our faith. God will use waiting time to reveal sinful behavior and motivations. He filters our inner thoughts and helps to us develop new heart attitudes. Pauses give us the opportunity to deepen our trust and dependence on Him.
For a Christian, waiting on God is both purposeful and beneficial. “Now” is a good time to start practicing this important discipline.
–Dr. Charles Stanley