The last few years God has really worked on me about waiting. I don’t think there is anyone that really enjoys waiting for something, do you? The answer for most of us is an emphatic NO!!! Whether it’s at a restaurant, the DMV or even in line at Wal-Mart, waiting can really test us. My husband tells me all the time to “Be Patient!”
It’s sometimes the hardest when we are waiting on is God. When you’ve prayed in faith and know God is going to answer, waiting on His timing is a struggle. It brings David my mind, a man after Gods own heart. How often did he write about waiting? He found himself almost constantly it seemed in that “wait”. His response or attitude during the wait really speaks to my spirit.
Psalms 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Even when David didn’t know what he was waiting on, he still said in Psalm 39:7, “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.”
There is one definition of the word wait that changed my whole perspective.
Wait: To remain in readiness for some purpose.
Waiting and patience are different. Waiting we do, patience we offer. It's our gift. When we look at the wait as an action, not necessarily a sacrifice, we will shift the focus off our own inconvenience and onto God’s sovereignty in our situation. When I wait, I am remaining in readiness of God to finish the work He has already started in His time not mine. My patience in the process is my offering of obedience to Him, and God honors obedience and sacrifice. His promise from Isaiah 40:31 said, “But they who wait for 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.” So don’t be weary in your wait. Stand in readiness and offer up your attitude of patience and trust (a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something).