How do you handle waiting? In line at the grocery store? Or for a package you are expecting? The longest, hardest wait for me has been at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Need I say more?
I also don’t do as well as I should in waiting on God. But learning to wait – on His guidance, His answers, His movement – is a vital part of our spiritual growth.
In Hebrews chapter 6, we saw how Abraham learned to wait on God. He had to wait years for the son God promised. Then he had to “give him back” to God.
Do you have trouble waiting on God? What purposes can waiting on God serve in your life?
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Lately I have associated “waiting on God” in the same category as my “hope in God”. Either way, Isaiah 40:28-31 tells us that as we wait/hope, God equips us with HIS strength, understanding, power, along with the ability to soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, and walk and not be faint. I am excited to say that we waited and hoped in the Lord for His answers, for the past year, to a situation and the answer was more perfect than I could have hoped. There were moments when I did not do well with the wait. Now that I see His perfect intervention, I wish I would have “waited” better. All I can do is learn from it and be a better “waiter/hoper” in the days ahead. Love to you Kathy, and thank you for sharing your gift of writing.
Cheryl, thanks so much for that testimony! Your experience is a great encouragement for us!
YES! I have trouble with that. I have control issues and a ‘figure out a plan and do it’ mentality. The last 4-5 months God has really been working on that in me. He has shown me how great He is and how He provides for my needs – it’s not my effort. It doesn’t matter how hard I work towards something, it is God who makes it happen on His time. And boy, when I do wait, He provides much bigger than I could have imagined and bigger than I could have ‘planned’. So glad that our God keeps His promises and is unchangeable.
Susan, I also love that God is a promise keeper. We can fully trust on Him to do exactly what He says.