5 Absolutely Critical Reasons to Wait on God

I hate waiting! Don’t you? We wait at the store, in line at the post office, and my favorite…waiting in traffic! So why does God want us to wait?  Waiting has always been hard for me.

Wait on God  Not since I was a teenager in Drivers Education with the instructor next to me have I slowed down to a stop as the light turned yellow.  Especially in my  younger days, It was always a  warning sign for me to speed up before the light turned red!  Then I would be looking over my shoulder to make sure I made it through the intersection in time!  Why? Was it really worth it?  Was waiting at the light really going to hurt?  I have been blessed that I never caused an accident or was a victim of an accident in that situation.  

It is similar to why it has been so hard for me to wait on God’s direction.  I pray for guidance and I want an answer right away.  I want to be fully healed from what ails me ASAP!  I want my friends and family to receive the help they need yesterday.  You get the point.  However, every day I am really learning to wait on God for his blessing and guidance.  He knows everything and He has a definite plan for my life. So I am doing my best to avoid rushing ahead on my own.  

 Here are 5  absolutely critical reasons why  we should wait on God’s guidance.  I pray you are reminded of these the next time you are waiting on an answer or direction from God.

1-Danger. There can be unforeseen heartache or disappointment, or even danger ahead if we move forward without His guidance.  God  knows everything.  Especially the dangers we cannot see or anticipate.

2-Develop the right time. It may not be the right timing for our requests.   God  is always working behind the scenes to develop the situation he has planned for us all along.   Whether it be a particular job,relationship, or an opportunity.  There are several instances in the bible where prayers were not answered until the right time so that God’s will was accomplished.(Hannah praying for a child. 1 Samuel 1:15)  

3-Determine our Motives.  When we ask for something, sometimes  we do not receive because are motives are  for the wrong reasons. (James 4:3)  We need to be honest with ourselves.. will God be glorified or are our motives for selfish reasons?

4-Divine strength.  As we seek God’s will and desire His direction for our lives; He will give us the strength to do want is needed.  Whatever His will is; He will carry us through.  It’s not always  easy and their will be difficulties but God wants us to realize our dependence on Him.  Then He  gives us the strength to accomplish His will for our life.I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

5-Deepen our Faith. Waiting on God increases and strengthens our faith in Him. We learn more patience and our trust in God intensifies!  Most importantly, we have God’s peace knowing that when He does give us the “green light” we are in His will.  There is not a better feeling in the world as we journey on the highways of life.  

In Isaiah 40:31, God says, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Also in Lamentations 3:25 it reads, The Lord is good to those that wait for Him, to the person that seeks Him.”  Seek God by being in His word consistently.  He may reveal knowledge that will help you in your decision making

These scriptures are uplifting and remind us of the benefits of waiting on God.  I admit I still struggle with this but I am getting better each day .  My prayer is that you will make it a point to remember these reasons in the situations where you feel God is moving to slow.  God sees what lies ahead so be willing to “slow down at the yellow light” and Wait on GOD!  

Food for Thought

What about yourself?  What do you do when you are waiting on answers to prayer?

How do you handle impatience?











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12 comments on “5 Absolutely Critical Reasons to Wait on God

Beautiful confirmation of lessons I am presently learning (all over again)… I am not impatient but I really like to be in control…so when it comes to prayer and waiting on the Lords time…I have a lot to learn. I have recently been challenged by God to do things His way…and the results are phenomenal…God always, always knows best…Blessings

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and your insightful comment Ariete! The fact you are continuing to learns is a testimony that you are growing in Christ! I agree waiting can be hard but like you said when we see God’s plan revealed…Oh what a blessing! Thanks again for visiting. Have a wonderful week. May God bless you and yours!

I agree with all of your points but number 3 stood out to me. I love that God gives us time to determine our motives. Searching our own hearts is so important.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks Ana for visiting and your comment! I am learning how important it is to search my own heart when seeking an answer from God. I am thankful for His patience, love, and understanding. Thanks again for visiting. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

Horace, I agree waiting is hard. But I try to remind myself God’s timing is not my timing, and He is all seeing and all knowing. Waiting can be God’s protection, provision, and helps me lean into His strength. Thank you, friend, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing.

A special thanks to you, Horace, for supporting us in our goal of investing in the next generation! : )

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Crystal for your visit and encouragement. I am always encouraged and/or inspired when I visit Intentionally Pursuing. I am truly blessed when I visit. I am learning each day to wait on God’s leading. I am thankful for how God continues to bless me when I wait on Him. Please be careful on the bike ride. Prayers for protection my friend. God bless you and yours!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for visiting and your comment Victoria! The good thing to remember is that God created us. He knows everything and yet He still loves us. What an amazing God we serve! Thank you for allowing me to share. May God bless you and yours!

Such good reminders–God is so patient with me, yet I am so impatient. Thanks for linking up with FTAF. Thanks for checking out my chili recipe too! Blessings to you!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks for the visit Chellie! I so appreciate your comments. I too suffer from impatience at times. I am thankful that my Heavenly Father has been patient with me and He continues to mold me into the man He desires. May God bless you and yours!

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