Let’s admit it! In the year of our Lord 2024.. we hate waiting! We want everything as soon as we want it. We want it as soon as we think about, honestly. We want instant gratification. We want it sometimes when we're unprepared, not ready and simply haven't even done the work for it.
The word wait means to wait, look for, hope and expect.
I’ve been there. Waiting for God to speak to me, heal me, deliver me, answer me, mature me. And if I'm being honest, it’s not always easy, nor is it fun..
What I've also learned is, while we’re waiting on God to do what we’re asking of him, it also requires work on our end. For example, if you’re expecting God to heal your body from diabetes, is it the best option to eat fast food restaurants all the time?
Have you ever thought about what happens when you receive something prematurely? If God gives us something before the proper time, we may mishandle it. We may not have the wisdom, maturity, capacity, or resources that we need to handle, keep, or maintain the blessing.
Often times, God needs to prune us. He needs to remove things out of us. Sometimes he needs to break mindsets, habits, and ways of thinking. Sometimes he also needs to separate us from people. There's a layer of sacrifice and sanctification that needs to happen before you can go to the next level, both spiritually and naturally.
If I'm being transparent, I am also currently waiting in expectancy for God to answer some prayers for me. Is it easy? No. Could I do things my way? Yes. But if I'm being honest, I don't want to and it wouldn't be right. Me taking matters into my own hands would be blatant disobedience. Moreover, we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. And Ima be honest with y'all. I don't want no smoke with God.
The way that you wait, is also important. Are you maximizing the season that you are in by complaining? What if we are in a season longer than we should be because we’re too focused on what’s not going our way, rather than learning what we should learn to become better, more mature and to get us where God wants us to be. No, this isn’t saying that we can skip through things we go through, because sometimes God uses us to go thru things - not only for his glory, but also for us to share our testimonies with others. We sometimes go thru things to help, encourage and build up the next persons faith. However, I do believe that sometimes we continue to repeat cycles because we haven’t learned what we should have.
What we think waiting does and what it actually does are miles apart. When we wait on God, we are strengthened. (Isaiah 40:31) When we wait on God, we learn how to endure. (Romans 5:3) We allow God to mature us and our faith. We learn how to have joy and be content, right where we are.
Be encouraged. Seasons DO change!
Allow God to mature you in the season that you are in. Grow through it and know that, no matter how bad, or great the season is, there are seeds being planted and fruit that will be produced, that will help you for what's to come.
We all are in a "waiting season" in one way or another, but I want to encourage you to stand. Stand firm and on God's word. He hears you, he loves you and he is with you.
Here are a few tips that has helped me:
Pray, fast and seek God - Spending the time to seek God and what he has to say, what your next steps are, and what he needs you to do. And sometimes that's just simply sitting in his presence, saying nothing and letting him do the talking.
Release how you're feeling - You are human! You may feel sad, upset, or frustrated and that's okay. God knows, see's and he cares. Take all of those feelings to him, and leave them there. (Even if you have to do that everyday). Rather it's journaling, talking to God out-loud, or allowing music to minister to you, just release it.
Encourage yourself in the Lord - Just like David did. Remind yourself of God's word.
Don't compare - Don't compare yourself or your situation to others. Focus on where you are. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, and that includes your JOY.
Be encouraged - God is with you, even when the enemy likes to make us think that he isn't. God said that he would never leave or forsake us.
Scriptures that have helped me to be encouraged during a “waiting period”:
Psalm 27:14 ESV “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Lamentations 3:25 ESV “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
James 1:13-14 NLT "For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.