Isaiah 40:31 - But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (NKJV)
As I stood standing in the check-out line, I couldn't help but notice the young mother and her toddler just ahead of me. As they often do, this toddler was becoming more and more impatient. It was almost amusing to watch him as he tried to inch the grocery cart ahead.
What a clear picture of what I try to do when waiting on God. What about you, do you try to push ahead of His plan for your life? It's easy to become impatient, and it's tempting to do things in our own strength, instead of waiting for God's perfect timing.
God knows everything about us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.
The next time your tempted to push ahead, remember the words of this song:
- In His time, in His time
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, please show me every day
As You're teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say
In Your time.
Patient waiting upon God was a special characteristic of our Lord Jesus. Impatience never lingered in his heart, much less escaped his lips. All through his agony in the garden, his trial of cruel mockings before Herod and Pilate, and his passion on the tree, he waited in omnipotence of patience. No glance of wrath, no word of murmuring, no deed of vengeance came from God's patient Lamb; he waited and waited on; was patient, and patient to perfection, far excelling all others who have according to their measure glorified God in the fires. Job on the dunghill does not equal Jesus on the cross. The Christ of God wears the imperial crown among the patient.
Friends, are you patiently waiting for Him to invite you to come and join Him in the work He is planning and preparing for you to accomplish? How about your attitude toward waiting, does it need an adjustment? What about your thought life, your actions?
When we patiently wait upon the Lord, we prioritize our lives in such a way that we have a dependent relationship with Him.
For the impatient, waiting on God appears to be laziness or indifference. The truth is quite the opposite. Waiting means we are ready to obey His command. Waiting on Him means we have prioritized our lives so that nothing will conflict with the will of God when He reveals His truth to us. Waiting means the believer is actively listening, spiritually equipped, ready to obey the Master's call to action. While we wait, God is busy working behind the scenes.
It takes time for Him to teach us patience in waiting. "Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV)
God will not invite us to join Him in what He is doing until we are ready. God is busy preparing something wonderful for those who love Him and wait upon Him. Things that will be be for our good and His glory.
Are you waiting patiently? Are you willing to wait until He speaks? God works with, in, and through those who wait on Him.
What are your thoughts?
Many thanks for your comments on the subject of disappointment friends.
I'll end this subject with one more thought.
I'm sure each of us has experienced the disappointment of broken dreams, crushed hopes and the agony of seeking but never finding. The scars from that disappointment may linger, however for me, those scars serve as a reminder that God has not forgotten or forsaken me. Rather, it is as
Philippians 2:13 specifies.“It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (NIV)
Embracing the truth in Isaiah 55:8 has brought me great comfort and hope in my times of disappointment.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." (NIV)
While we know God has a way of bringing about His perfect and sovereign will for our lives, the best cure for disappointment is placing my hope and trust in the One who makes things happen for our good and His glory.
What are your thoughts?
2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Patience is one of those attributes can only be acquired by persistent practice– and for me it’s something I have to practice over, and over, and over again!
Here's what Webster’s dictionary says about patience: “the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness, from a kind of heroic pride, or from a Christian submission to the divine will.”
There are several things about this definition that caught my attention – first, “endurance without murmuring”. I was reminded of yesterdays traffic jam… there I was, fussing and fuming out loud over this "inconvenience". After more minutes than I'd like to admit, I finally "woke up" to the realization that this was yet one more opportunity to practice patience without murmuring.
The next thing that really stood out to me was, “a Christian submission to the divine will.” Think about all the times are we placed in a difficult or “impossible” situation. Maybe you're dealing with a difficult person. Several years ago when my husband's job was eliminated I went to work selling cosmetics in a department store. What I thought would be a dream job for this girly girl, quickly turned into an opportunity to learn how to deal with a VERY difficult counter manager. She hurled insults laced with profanity my way 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. My first reaction was to feel beat down, beat up and down right abused. After the realization that this indeed was a opportunity to submit to my heavenly Father's will, I was able to get on with the work of practicing patience. Not only are these circumstances in our lives an opportunity to grow in patience, to learn to submit to God’s providential will, they are also an opportunity to minister to those "difficult" people. After many months of practice, my boss softened her heart and her language. While the story didn't end with the two of us becoming BFF's, after seven months the Lord did move me out of that job and opened the door for me to practice patience in a different environment.
Friend, is your patience being tested today? Let me encourage you! The Lord is training you toward godliness –- and godliness is moving toward perfect love. Our heavenly Father wants to work this quality into our character now -– for His glory!
Will you share your story of practicing patience with us and the lessons you are learning?