One of my most valuable lessons is to wait upon God. Waits are for a purpose.
Isaiah 64:4 says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
Waiting is a way of life as a Christ follower. It is the surrendered posture of the soul. God works out His plan in the wait. And the wait often changes us on the inside, which God is most interested in.
God plays the long game–changing our perspective on what’s important, providing personal growth, and filling us with relentless hope that is not dependent on our circumstances.
Reading the Bible teaches us that great people waited on God: Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Caleb, Joshua, Job, David, and even Paul. Moses waited 40 years as a Shepherd in a foreign land before God called him to set the Israelites free. In the wait, he learned valuable information he would need about living in the wilderness, where he would spend another 40 years. Moses also gained the father he never had in Jethro, who would later be a mentor whose advice would be invaluable. Unless we wait on God, we miss the impossibilities that happen in His timing.
Waiting does not mean we do nothing. Waiting is not a time to fill our lives with distractions to pass the time. Instead, it is a time to become more focused on God. To step into prayer as a way of life and watch our faith increase and fears diminish. To read His word as a guide to follow. Waiting makes us more dependent on God for supernatural results.
God is not in a hurry. Waiting is often His classroom. To wait is to expect God to work. Transformation happens in the wait, as our perspective is intertwined with His.