Are We Patient Enough to Wait on God?
“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” Isaiah 64:4
I have never been what you would describe as a patient person. I do not like to wait. It is a wonder that my wife ever married me. On our first date, I went to three different restaurants before I found one that did not have a wait time. I am the person best described by the prayer “Lord please give me patience but hurry up.”
However, God has used this area of my life to teach me so much about learning to wait on Him. I have come to see the truth that when I wait on Him and trust Him the outcomes are so much better than I could have ever achieved on my own.
This is precisely what Isaiah 64:4 is teaching us. That verse reminds us that we cannot imagine the incredible way God is working on our behalf when we trust Him and wait on Him. Knowing this truth should give us a different way to approach the issues in life that we face.
In fact, God has shown me specifically some areas of my life where this truth has changed my perspective. For example, one of those areas in which I learned to wait on God is with my children. The easy thing for me to do when they were growing up would be to try and plan every area of their life and work out all the details so that I could ensure that they would succeed.
Instead, God has taught me that it is my job as a parent to first and foremost teach my kids to love, honor, and trust God with their heart, soul, and mind. Our primary responsibility is to lead our children to faith in Christ and disciple them to be committed followers. From there, I believe we are to trust God and wait on God to move on our kids hearts as to what He would have them to do and pursue with their life. As the parent of older children, I can tell you that I have seen God do things in my kids’ lives that I would have never imagined because we waited on God and trusted Him.
Interestingly enough, that same principle holds true for all of our lives. He always has our best in mind. No matter the problem, difficulty, obstacle, or direction needed for life I have seen that God is worth waiting for. I love something that Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher of old, once said about waiting on God. Spurgeon said:
“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes.”
May God bless you, encourage you, strengthen you, and do more than you can ever imagine as you wait on Him!