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?