â€œThe LORD is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Himâ€
Neglecting to wait on God can reap many consequences.Â Some are: We get out of His will or delay His plans to bless us; being out of His will and favor can bring sorrow, confusion, pain, and suffering to us and others; we can experience loss financially and in relationships; we can miss great opportunities to serve Him.
Â Reflect on this question: What hinders or makes it difficult for you to wait for the Lord’s timingâ€”
Â Fear of failure?
Temptation to follow your own choices?
Suggestions or opinions of others?
Waiting upon God has many rewards.Â Here are a few:
- Â We discover Godâ€™s will and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11; Lamentations 3:25).
- TheÂ Lord energizes us with supernatural strength (Isaiah 40:28-31).
- Our prayers will be answered (Psalm 40:1-3).
- He will fight our battles for us (Psalm 37:9, 34; 2Â Chronicles 20:17).
- We will be aware of Godâ€™s working on our behalf (Isaiah 64:1-4). â€œNo ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Himâ€ (v. 4).
- Our faith is fulfilled â€œThen you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in Me will not be disappointedâ€ (Isaiah 49:23). â€œBeing confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Â Â Â Â Christ Jesusâ€ (Philippians 1:6).
Itâ€™s easy to focus on our desires and expectations instead of God and His will for us.Â Sometimes He will delay our requests until we direct our attention back to Him.Â He wants us to delight in Him, not just in what He gives or does for us.Â
Remember that while we are waiting, God is working according to His perfect will behind the scenes.Â Perhaps His most important work is deepening our relationship with Him so that we learn to love and trust Him as we wait.Â This is vitally significant because until we do, we will never walk in obedience, have an effective prayer life, or lasting peace. These come as we learn to trust His judgment of what is best for us.
Godly waiting requires determined action on our part. Â This stillness will prepare us for the good work God wants to perfect in us, and it is also a way to sift our motives (Philippians 1:6).
I know not what the future holdsâ€”
What in one hour may be;
But I can wait while it unfolds,
And trust implicitly. â€“Elliott