Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Waiting on the Lord is my Achilles heel. I think this is a common problem for Christians. We live in a world of action and immediate results. The problem with action and immediate results is that the very desire usually excludes God. God does answer prayer, but God is more committed to making your character like Jesus than getting your way. The process of God working in your life is far more important than getting you what you want. How God answers prayer as well as how He works in your life is multi-faceted. God is working to take you into His perfect will, shaping your character, and teaching you to trust Him. God does all this while desiring to use you in the lives of others. Our focus is narrow, while God’s focus is not just immense, but perfect. 1 Peter 2:5-6 describes three purposes God has for you, “Like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” God wants you to grow spiritually, become His hands and feet in the world, while sacrificially giving your life for His work. Waiting is involved in all three of these for God’s perfect work. Psalm 130:5 shows how waiting reflects your belief in God through hope, “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” Impatience demonstrates your lack of belief in God while failing to make Him Lord. Your life becomes about what you desire, and not what God desires. We need to learn to live life by placing our trust in Him and then waiting, as expressed in Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” Waiting allows God to be God while building your faith muscle.
Three things that help me wait are 1) Faith 2) Making God my portion and 3) Entering God’s presence. The following three Scriptures will help guide your walk in these truths. 1) Claim Matthew 17:20 to strengthen your faith, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." The question is not whether God is able, but do I want God’s best enough to believe in Him. 2) Say to God that He is not only more than enough, but totally satisfying. Lamentation 3:24 is a great proclamation for this, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him." 3) I often fall short by not drawing into God. I am learning to make God my sanctuary. I close my eyes, draw into Him, and breathe deeply. Psalm 27:5 describes it this way, “For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” What does God have to say about my request? By faith am I willing to give it to Him? Can I be satisfied with God’s answer? I strive and pray daily to have the faith that makes God my portion as I wait in confidence in the sanctuary of His presence!
Lamentations 3:25-26 “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in Hm, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area: “Deeper with God” and “Satisfaction.”