“Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!” Proverbs 8:34
I’m not sure about any of you but my greatest vice is impatience. I struggle daily with a dislike for waiting. It has also become abundantly clear to me that one of the most challenging exhortations of Scripture is “wait” but that waiting is a vital element in life.
Stormie Omartian writes that “the Bible teaches that waiting for Him is actually a blessing in our lives. Proverbs 8:34 tells us clearly that we are blessed when we listen to God and watch and wait daily at His doors. Ms. Omartian asks the question of how does God use times of waiting to bless us?
- When life’s circumstances delay us from “our” goals it might be to build our faith because as the New Testament teaches us “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). When we are forced to wait, our faith becomes stronger.
- God might use the time of waiting as a time to build our character as we wait for the character of Christ to be formed in us. “and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
- God may be teaching us how to be patient. He has promised that we will be “strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father” (Colossians 1:11-12)
J. Hampton Keathley gives some practical concepts about the essentials of “waiting on the Lord”.
Waiting necessitates the passage of time.
Waiting means confident expectation – this is why the Hebrew word qavah is sometimes translated “hope”.
Watiting involves an expectation of knowledge and trust – without knowlege we simply won’t wait without anxiety.
Waiting involves negatives and positives – it involvees what we do, what we are not to do, and what happens to us.
Waiting involves seeking the Lord – this means time in the Word, time in prayer and time meditating.
Waiting involves taking action at the right time.
Waiting involves resting in God’s timing. Rest is such a beautiful thing!
Waiting means trusting in God and His goodnes..
Waiting teaches us to be content with God’s provision and timing.
“God loves us, so our times of waiting on Him must be ultimately beneficial to our emotional and spiritaul growth. The next time you are tempted to become restless during a time of waiting on God, use that time instead to praise God for all the benefits and blessings that He has in store for you. And don’t forget to thank Him that His timing is perfect.” Stormie Omartian.