Waiting…it’s a part of all of our lives whether we like it or not. Waiting…it’s reality. But there is good and purpose in the waiting, in the delay. For some of you just reading this word, WAIT, causes you to get all wiggly and antsy. Several years ago I was in a time of waiting and delay in more than one area of my life. It was frustrating. It was hard. It caused me, at times, to doubt and feel hopeless. During this time, I went to the Word, one of my favorite places to spend time. I discovered a lot about waiting. Waiting has purpose. Waiting is good. And there were things I could be “doing” while I waited.
One of my favorite passages on waiting in the midst of difficulty is found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. It is the story of Jehoshaphat and the Israelites. Here’s a summary of some of what I learned and began to put into practice in my daily life. It worked. I was less frustrated, more at peace. It was still hard, but I felt comforted, encouraged and hopeful. And in the end, the Lord changed my impatient attitude and transformed my heart.
Renew your mind in His Word. —Psalm 119:74, 81, 114; Psalm 130:5
Rehearse His goodness and faithfulness —His works, wonders and ways. —Lamentations 3:21-24, Psalm 59:9
Rejoice by praising Him. – Psalm 42:11, 43:5; 37:7, Psalm 30:12
Recite His Word — meditate upon it, pray it back to Him. Psalm 130:5
Rest in His presence and just enjoy Him! Psalm 62:1-2
Remain in a standing position (standing attitude) knowing that Your God is acting! Isaiah 64:4, Psalm 18:33
If you’d like to see some of my study in the Old Testament on the concept of waiting, you can download, While You Wait.
So if you’re finding yourself impatient and frustrated because you’re having to wait…RELAX…there is purpose and good in it. God is always seeking to make us more like Jesus…and that is very good indeed!