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Being Patient, Waiting on God’s Timing
Psalm 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. (KJV)
Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. (KJV)
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (KJV)
Psalm 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (KJV)
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (KJV)
Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. (KJV)
Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (KJV)
Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. (KJV)
Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. (KJV)
Psalm 59:9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. (KJV)
Psalm 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. (KJV)
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. (KJV)
Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. (KJV)
Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. (KJV)
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
Lamentations 3:25-26 (The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (KJV)
Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually. (KJV)
Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. (KJV)
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (KJV)
Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (KJV)
God loves us and has promised to meet our needs . . . but He does NOT give us everything we
want, when we want it. IF He did that . . . He would no longer be #1 in our lives! He would take second place in our lives, because our main concern would be: what can He do for me today?
Something that we must consider is: our requests are NOT always in agreement with His will, and even when they are, we may have to wait until they fit HIS time schedule, not ours. Instead of looking at delays as obstacles to what we want, we should look at them as loving intercessions of our heavenly Father. By refusing to wait for God, and rushing brazenly ahead, we miss His very best blessings. I truly believe that delays or interruptions are divine instructions! Trust Him!
Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (KJV) . . . This clearly tells us that the Lord acts in behalf of those who wait for Him.
Since God is omniscient, He knows all about us and works in every part of our lives to achieve His will and conform us to the likeness of His Son. All through our life, He is faithful to remove anything that hinders His good purposes, adding what truly blesses us, and guiding us through every situation, no matter how bad it seems to us.
WHY Must We Wait for God’s Timing?
To receive the Lord’s best, we must be willing to wait for His timing:
******God wants to ready the circumstance. When we walk in the Lord’s will, He works in situations in our lives to bring about the right conditions at the right time. Our patient willingness to wait on Him, shows how much we trust Him, while impatience proves that what we really want is to have our own way.
******God wants to purify our motives. When God does not grant our requests, we should ask ourselves whether we are asking for selfish reasons, out of envy, or without considering whether other people might be hurt. God’s desire is that the motives of our hearts are similar to that of Christ. God wants us to imitate His Son.
******God wants to protect us from making mistakes. Any time that the Lord sees us headed in the wrong direction, He intercedes by putting obstacles in our way. He loves us way too much to let us head onto a path of destruction.
***** God wants to make a great impact for our lives. Any time that God withholds an answer to prayer, there is a VERY good reason! He is not being unkind, He is actually demonstrating pure love by doing what will benefit us, not hurt us. His ultimate goal is to transform each of us into the best person we can possibly be.
When confronted with delays, we have three choices
Each time that God makes us wait, we can respond in several different ways:
*****We can manipulate the situation. People can maneuver around obstacles until they get their own way. Any manipulating places us outside God’s will, and we in the long run, have to live with the undesirable results that follow.
*****We can quit praying. When the Lord does not answer our requests, many people simply give up and never pray about it again. But consider this: some of the best things in life need the longest waiting period. A tiny seed planted in the ground, does not bring a crop the next day!
*****We can wait and watch God work in our behalf. When we make our requests to God, IF we are wise, we can choose to trust the Lord, and allow Him to bring about His will in His own time, knowing that He will work it all out for our benefit.
WHAT is necessary to wait on God?
Today’s restless generation never stops. Far too many Christians, simply do NOT take the time to have a quiet time with the Lord, trying to find what His will is for their lives. How can God help you IF you will not take enough time for Him to speak to your heart? Do you think that maybe that is a main reason why so many people have hardships, trouble and pain? Maybe IF they sat down and LISTENED to what God had to say to them, life might be easier for them! Waiting on the Lord involves not only time, but include the following things as well:
*****Trust. God’s best only comes to us in His way and His time. We may not always understand or appreciate what He is doing or why, but we must trust Him and obey His directions.
*****Humility. Waiting on the Lord also needs a humble spirit that acknowledges that His way is always better than our way.
*****Patience. God is absolutely NOT an errand boy who carries out our instructions. Quite the opposite! We are the ones who must wait for Him to provide exactly what He has planned, and at just the right moment. Although the wait may be long, His best is always worth the wait!
***** Courage. Waiting on the Lord requires the courage and strength to resist three temptations:
#1. Temptation to do as we desire. We must keep our minds focused on what God wants, not on what we want.
#2. Temptation to yield to the pressure of others. People may be quick to offer advice, but we must follow God’s will, not theirs.
#3. Temptation to be afraid. We may wonder if the Lord’s way will work for us. There is NO reason to fear because He protects and defends His children when they walk in His will.
What Happens When We Do Not Wait for God’s Timing?
IF we insist on going our own way, we can experience the following results:
***** We are out of the will of God. IF we alter or adjust the Lord’s clear directions, it is an act of rebellion and will result in His certain chastisement (Heb.12:5-11).
*****We delay His blessings to us. When we do it our way, God does NOT bless us, for we are in disobedience to Him.
*****We bring pain and suffering upon ourselves. Any attempt to adjust the Lord’s plan by doing what we think is reasonable never improves the situation, it only causes more problems.
*****We experience confusion. When we refuse to follow God’s will, we wonder what’s happening in our lives.
*****We cause other people to suffer. Any decision to go aside from the Lord’s way always affects others because they often share in the results of our disobedience.
*****We subject ourselves to financial difficulties. If we do not wait for the Lord to provide in His way and His time, we may make unwise decisions we cannot afford.
What Happens As We Wait for God’s Timing?
When we wait on the Lord, we believe His way is best, and He will fulfill these Promises in our lives:
*****God reveals His goodness to us. Lamentations 3:25-26 (The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (KJV)
*****He will answer our prayers. Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. (KJV)
*****We will see the fulfillment of our faith when we obey Him. Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. (KJV)
*****He will give us victory over our struggles. Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. (KJV) Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (KJV)
*****We will experience God’s peace if we walk in His will. Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV) . . . Let the Holy Spirit produce patience (longsuffering) within you. Wait patiently on the Lord! You will NOT regret it!
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