Have you ever so excited about something that you could hardly wait for it to happen? Last night my kids got presents from one of their aunts. The presents were of course wrapped. Being the type of parents we are we are making our kids wait until Christmas day to actually open their presents. The waiting is killing them. This morning my youngest son Josh asked if he could carry his present (which is just as big as he is) to school, while my oldest son Josiah stated he did not like Christmas because he could not open his gift at that moment. The waiting is the hardest part. They know there is a gift; they know it is going to be something that will bring enjoyment. They don’t understand the waiting. It drives them crazy.
The same is true with God’s promises and us. I don’t like waiting it is painful and it is also an art. I might not get what I desire immediately but in the waiting I can find out a lot- either about the thing I am waiting for or just myself. When we perfect the art of waiting then we can fully realize God’s promises. When we don’t understand the art of waiting most likely we try to accomplish God’s promises on our own strength and in our own timing. This is never a good idea.
Whenever we are not patient and wait on Gods timing to fulfill His promise we grow tired. Our tiredness will drive us to question God’s authority in our life. When we question God’s authority then we begin to walk in rebellion. When we walk in rebellion we can never know the true peace God offers. Not knowing God’s peace drives us to become impatient with His provision. Not seeing His provision will push us to grow tired…the cycle continues. Waiting isn’t fun but its worth it.
Here are three things waiting does.
1. Waiting on the Lord reveals character
2. Waiting on the Lord intensifies the promise
3. Waiting on the Lord renews strength
Don’t go on your own strength! If you have been going on your own strength, stop wait on the lord renew your strength, and see His promises fulfilled and intensified in your life.
Isaiah 40:31- “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint”
. …and that’s a promise!