I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about it but technically “wait” is a four-letter word! Maybe that’s why waiting is one of our least favorite things to do! Whether it’s a red light, a check-out line, our turn in the bathroom or sitting in a doctor’s office – we detest and complain about waiting.
Given the amount of time that we spend waiting it could be considered the biggest time waster of life… or it could be a key element in God’s kingdom agenda. Consider the following:
- Abraham waited twenty-five years for his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child.
- Joseph trudged through thirteen years of abandonment, betrayal, and false imprisonment before assuming the leadership of Egypt.
- Moses spent forty years learning in Egypt and then forty more years tending sheep before God called him as a deliverer of His people.
- David spent fourteen years running for his life before the throne of Israel became his.
- And in Jesus’s own ministry, He often told those around Him, “My hour has not yet come.”
“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” ~Habakkuk 1:5 (NLT)
Just because we can’t see what God is doing behind the circumstances of life doesn’t mean He isn’t busy. Waiting can be one of the most grueling aspects of life, but with the proper perspective, it can become one of the most formative parts of our journey with God.
Waiting stretches our faith, teaches us to trust God and reminds us that life revolves around God’s agenda, not ours!