I absolutely 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 on God has always been a challenge at times for me.
Since I was a teenager in Drivers Education with the instructor next to me, I slowed down to a stop as the light turned yellow. Especially in my younger years, It was sometimes 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 waiting on God for his direction has been so hard for me sometimes. There are prayers for guidance and wanting an answer right away. It seems I am constantly calling out for healing want from what ails me ASAP!
I want my friends and family to receive the help they needed yesterday. You get the point. However, every day I am learning about waiting 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 essential 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 opportunity. There are several instances in the bible where prayers were not answered until the right time to accomplish God’s will. (Hannah praying for a child. 1 Samuel 1:15)
3-Determine our Motives. Sometimes we do not receive it when we ask for something because our 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 there 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.
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.
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 improving each day. My prayer is that you will make it a point to remember these reasons in situations where you feel God is moving slower than you’d like. 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? (Share your thoughts in the comments)