“Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).
When we commit ourselves to waiting on the Lord, we need to guard against the temptation to do our own thing, to follow a path outside His will and plan for us. We can easily become impatient and run ahead of Him, or our insecurity may keep us lagging behind. Mistakes in the past can cause us to question our abilities and judgments.
We also need to monitor carefully pressure from others. Their opinions and suggestions can be hard to resist, but it is God’s viewpoint alone that matters. However, at times, we may seek godly counsel from a trusted friend, but we must not move forward unless God confirms it.
We also need to guard against fear of failure—that people will think less of us or criticize us for what we say or do—or refusing to act to avoid their criticism. Figuring out how to please others can consume lots of our time, and being a “people pleaser” drains emotional energy!
Quite simply, trusting God and waiting patiently on Him is the best and only solution. Every time!
The ability to wait well has been called “the master attitude” because it requires humility, trust, and expectation.
Waiting reminds us that we are not in control, while humbling us in ways we need to be humbled. It develops and strengthens our faith. “Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). A special relationship exists between a trapeze artist and the catcher; when the flyer lets go, he must depend on the catcher to “catch” him. God wants us to “let go” and trust Him completely even when we do not see His hand at work in our situation.
In expectation, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5). “In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3).
Eugene Peterson has said: “Waiting in prayer is a disciplined refusal to act before God acts.” As we wait patiently for God, when timing and all circumstances are right, and our hearts are prepared, it will come to fruition.
So, let us learn to wait well—it is “the master attitude.” Our stillness before the Lord assures us of greater intimacy with Him. Isn’t that your heart’s desire? Mine too!
O waiting soul, be still, be strong,
And though He tarry, trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come too late. –from Streams in the Desert