We have all been told, “take a leap of faith,” or heard the saying, “faith can move mountains”, which is true, but what about having faith during times of waiting? I ,for one, used to think that faith just meant doing something; an action that required you to trust the Lord more. However, I have found that just as often, faith is waiting upon the Lord’s timing. Now, by waiting, I do not mean doing nothing at all. You can still grow as a person, strengthen your relationship with God, and build relationships during these periods. But, a main goal or dream is put on hold, at least temporarily.
This can be EXTRMELY, almost painfully, hard. Many times we just want to jump in and get things rolling- but that’s exactly why God wants us to wait. He wants us to trust His timing above our own, He wants to test us (seeing what we do during that time), and He wants to grow and develop us as a person. Take Abraham for example, he waited 25 years to have a son. Let me repeat that: 25 YEARS. Now I don’t know about you, but I have never waited twenty-five years for something- I haven’t even been alive that long! But even though he had to wait, we see how that was apart of God’s greater plan, and how it tested and developed Abraham as a believer. While he made mistakes, one of them being producing a son with another woman, he still trusted in God’s promise. And hasn’t God promised us that “’I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’”?
So when we are in those periods of waiting, when we are anxious to make things happen, we need to understand that we are building up our faith- faith in Him. In the meantime we can be delving into Scripture, serving others, and growing as a believer. Just because we wait patiently does not mean we must wait idly. We must have faith in His timing, in His plans, and in His promise.
Are you in a period of waiting in your life? Has God put a dream, a goal, or a desire on hold? What are you doing during this period in order to grow? Has there ever been a time in your past where you have seen the benefit of waiting?
If you are in a time of waiting, don’t rush it. The Lord has you waiting for a reason- make the most of it and use this time for reflection. Rather than resenting the stillness or lack of action, try to gain a new perspective and learn what the Lord is trying to teach you.
“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation, My God will hear me.” -Micah 7:7
Examples to Encourage in the Waiting
Here are some examples of people in the Bible who waited:
Waited 25 years to have a son, to become a father of many nations
Genesis 12:1-3, 13:6, 15:1-6, 17:6-8: 18:10
Worked as a slave and was thrown in prison before his visions from God were fulfilled
Genesis 37:27-28, 37:5-11
Worked 14 years for his wife
He waited at least seven years to become king from the time he was anointed.
1 Samuel 16:13, 14-23, 2 Samuel 5: 1-4
A Prayer in the Wait
Dear Lord, Please help me during this time that you ask me to wait! My own desire is to make something happen, to act on my own accord, but let me be patient and wait upon your timing. I pray that I would place Your will above my own, and that this time would give me a new perspective. Let me trust you Lord, even above myself.
Raelene Harris is a spicy as they come- in her faith, her hobbies, and her style! A lover of the arts and aesthetics, she seeks to use her passions such as photography and music to glorify God and build relationships. As a 2017 intern, she is thrilled with the opportunities to expand His kingdom.