I hate waiting…
For a friend to arrive.
For my turn to checkout at Kohl’s.
For my meal to come at Cracker Barrel.
For my curling iron to heat up.
I’m sure you can relate. We aren’t always doing. Sometimes we’re just being…and hoping that things start making sense soon.
It’s hard to simply be because we want to know what’s next. I want to know what’s next.
But maybe I’m not ready to know yet.
He gives strength to the weary, and to the one who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NASB)
You aren’t getting weaker as you wait. Your faith is getting stronger because you’re depending more on Jesus and less on yourself. When you wait on God, you’re waiting on the most dependable One you possibly could. He’s a lot more dependable than we are. Just think of all the promises you’ve broken and all the promises He has kept.
I know it’s hard to wait for God’s direction.
It’s easier to wait for my food at Bob Evans because I know that a plate of blueberry crepes is coming.
It’s easier to wait for my curling iron to heat up because I know that in 5 minutes, my curling iron will be ready to roll. (Do you get the pun? Sorry. I couldn’t resist. :))
It’s harder to wait for God’s guidance because we have no idea what He’s going to say and when He’s going to say it.
What if His plans are completely different than our own plans?
Follow His plans anyway. His plans are so much better than our own.
But you still may wonder what to do when you’re waiting for God to direct you. Right now, you may just have to deal with a difficult job or a cramped house or a complicated task. Maybe now is the time for you to just be still and listen for His voice.
While you’re waiting, you need to read God’s Word and study His promises. Pray for clear direction, and never give up waiting for that direction. Satan wants you to feel discouraged and weary and doubtful, but remember the above verses from Isaiah.
You can rest assured that God’s plans are best. He will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it. We can’t see the big picture, and some things might not make sense right now.
Just keep waiting. Never give up waiting. He will restore you.
When you are completely focused and reliant on God, you will run this race called life and not grow weary. You won’t get tired and run-down because you’re making a choice to entrust your life with the Lord.
Wait patiently and prayerfully, and you’ll fly like the eagles.