In the age of the Internet, everything is fast and right at the tips of your fingers. People can look up any subject and find millions of answers. I often wish God worked as fast as a Google search but often He does not. Do not get me wrong; God can work faster than a search engine…it’s just most of the time He works at the speed that is best for His glory and best to build us into all that He desires us to become.
God should never be viewed as a search engine that holds the answers ready to submit them at your feet in just a few seconds. Most of the time God works the opposite way by causing you to wait. Waiting is just a part of God’s way much of the time, but it need not drive you crazy.
So what are some things you can do while waiting on God?
1. Remember the sovereignty of God
He is in control even when you feel out of control. He is always at work in your life. He has not forgotten you. He has declared in His word that He would never leave you nor forsake you.
2. God often worked a long slow plan with people of faith in the bible
David had to wait many years for his day to come to sit on the throne of Israel.
Moses on the backside of the desert waited forty years before God spoke through a burning bush.
Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised child. (Don’t forget what happened when they rushed it)
3. Allow waiting to teach you what it needs to teach you.
Waiting speaks and teaches if you will only submit to it. In the book of James in chapter one and verse 4 he writes, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Did you get that? Waiting has an effect. It’s to move you toward maturity.
4. Stay active while you wait for the next step to be given you
There is plenty to be doing for God that doesn’t require permission or an answer. A good place to start would be Matthew 25:35-40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
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