Have you ever ordered something online and been so excited to get your package that waiting for it is almost torturous? For me, I am not a patient person, and waiting for something that I really want is absolutely horrible. However, once the package finally gets to my house, I realize the waiting was worth it because now I have what I have been wanting. The same concept is true in life, just on a much deeper level. Waiting on answers from God can be like waiting for rain in a drought. Whatever stage of life you are in, you could be waiting on different things. For example, a high school graduate could be waiting on God to tell them what they need to do with their life. Or a college graduate could be waiting for God to tell them which job offer to accept. Or if you are like me, and you have been single for over a year, you could be waiting for God to bring that special someone in to your life, and trust me regardless of the situation, waiting is hard.
I actually decided on this blog post after a church service I went to this week when the pastor preached this very message. He used Psalm 40 as his main passage, but I am going to use all of the passages he mentioned.
- I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you, were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
I know that was a lot, but bear with me. David shows a remarkable example of obedience through troubled and difficult times. These struggles he faced caused him to be solely dependent on the Lord, Yet, through the struggle and pain David always made sure to show God that he had delight in doing God’s will over his own. So did Christ in the new testament. In this season of waiting, it is essential for you to depend on God, and trust that he has a plan and a time for everything. My mom has always been very adamant on making sure that I was raised confidently that I didn’t need to be dependent on a man/boyfriend and his view of me. Now, I don’t agree with the “I am a strong independent woman and I dont need a man”, because my mother has always instilled in me that I do not nee to become a strong, independent woman, but a strong, dependent on God woman. That is something I feel like a lot of people forget. In season’s of waiting, all you can do is wait, so take advantage of the waiting period.
The waiting period is an opportunity for you to grow in your faith and in your relationship with God. In the verse you just saw, verse four says “blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord”. I know waiting is hard, but you have to fully depend on God and trust that he knows what is best, The pastor I heard this lesson from said that God’s timing is sovereign, not fast. He will answer when he wants to answer, and deliver when he is ready to deliver, and you have to be patient and trust in Him. And you have to be willing to accept every answer that he gives you, because I guarantee you will not always like the answer he gives after waiting for so long.
- The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
- Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. they will walk and not faint.
Waiting can take a lot out of you and cause you to be exhausted, but that is not how it should be. Waiting is a time to lean on the Lord, to trust in his plan, and let him take the wheel. Sit in the passenger seat, enjoy the ride, and grow in faith. Waiting develops your trust in the Lord, develops your faith and can deliver wondrous blessings, if you take advantage of the waiting period. For a while after my last relationship ended I felt stuck. I knew that I had done what God had asked of me and felt that nothing had come out of it. Well, that is because I did what God asked and then stopped being connected to God. I went on with my life. I wasn’t taking advantage of the wait. In order to do that you have to keep you relationship with the Lord. You need to read the word, the living word of the Lord, and put it to use. Pray more, listen to worship music, whatever helps you develop a stronger relationship to God, do it. You are probably in a season of waiting because God knows you are not quite ready for what he has for you. I know for me personally, I am taking advantage of this waiting period and drawing closer to God and praying for my future husband, because I am not ready for being a wife, so it is good to be in this waiting stage. God is preparing me and my heart for who he has planned in the future, and I will be ready in God’s time.
In this season of waiting, depend solely on the Lord. He longs for that relationship with you. Trust in the Lord and be patient. Take advantage of the waiting season because there is most likely a reason for it. The is beauty behind the wait.
Please allow me to trust in you and your plan and timing. Help me to be solely dependent on you, and take advantage of this season of life that I am in and use it to grow in my faith and relationship with you.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.