God Has a Purpose for Your Waiting
You have likely seen the above picture floating around social media. It is designed to make you feel ok, if not good, about waiting on God. However, I want to feel more than good about waiting on God; I want to experience a joy and peace that only God can give me. Which leads me to today’s post.
Like many of you, I am also waiting on the Lord to do some obvious and not so obvious things in my life. Recently, I found myself beseeching the Lord over and over again about these issues, so much so that I forgot to enjoy the journey of waiting on God to answer my prayers. Like a little kid stuck on a road trip, I was so focused on asking, “Are we there yet?” that I did not notice the beautiful scenery that was passing me by. It was then that I decided to stop focusing on when God was going to answer my prayers and start praying that God would help me enjoy waiting on Him.
So I looked at the above picture again, and it was then that something occurred to me. I realized that, just like Joseph, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, if God is making me wait, it is because He has a good purpose.
- After all, while Joseph was waiting 20 years to be freed from slavery, God used him to be the overseer of the house of his master, ruler of the prison he was kept in and second in charge of all of Egypt. In addition, while waiting, Joseph implemented a plan to save his family and a nation.
- Abraham was able to save Lot multiple times while waiting.
- In addition to performing miracle after miracle while waiting to see the Promised Land, Moses got to know God like no one else. We know God by the majority of His names due to the relationship Moses had with Him.
- Even Jesus got to teach the religious leaders while waiting to start His ministry.
As long as we are alive, we will experience a waiting period in our life. Some of us are waiting on God to heal us or a loved one; some of us are waiting on God to bring a loved one to salvation; some of us are waiting on a job, a promotion, a spouse, a child or about a hundred other things. Whatever you are waiting on today, I would like to remind you that, if God is making you wait, you are not only in good company but God has a good purpose for the wait. So relax and enjoy your purpose. Know that He has begun a good work in you and will bring it and more to pass (Philippians 1:6).
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