I don’t know if there is anyone who likes to wait. Do you?
Waiting is hard, frustrating and at times can test our faith. Desires we long for, prayers we’ve been praying about or news we’re waiting to hear can tempt us to be impatient, to be discouraged, to worry or to even wonder if God really cares.
When God tells us to wait, trust Him. Trust Him completely. God has your best interest in His mind.
Here are three things to remember even as you are waiting.
1. God prepares you inwardly to receive the blessing or in other words God is working on your character
God uses your waiting periods to prepare godly character in you.
The period of 40 years, from the time Moses received the vision from God to when it was actually fulfilled was not an easy one for him.
When Moses first got the vision, he was a different man. He was young, energetic and relied on his strength to get things done. He was a prince that time, having some kind of power and authority.
As a young man, he was hasty and rash. He kills the Egyptian who tried to hurt his fellow brother. He tries to reconcile and be a judge among two Hebrew brethren who were fighting.
He used his strength and means that time.
By the time God met him by burning bush, God had completely worked on him. Moses knew his strength is nothing. He had no power to accomplish anything. He literally fights with God to choose someone else for this great task.
When he became totally dependent on God, God fulfilled the vision through Moses.
And Numbers 12:3 testifies to Moses’ character. There was not a man humbler than him on the face of earth.
Moses was able to persevere because his focus was on God. Heb 11:27 - he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
2. He prepares your skills and your abilities.
While on one hand, he molds you, shapes you, he takes away your pride and your dependency on yourself, on the other hand, he prepares your skills and abilities to receive the calling/blessing he has in store for you.
David was probably 10-15 years old when he was first anointed to be the king by prophet Samuel. He had to wait until 30 to actually become the king. And during those days, God was preparing David and equipping him to be the king.
No doubt, his first victory was with a sling and a few pebbles, but later as a king, he never fought battles with sling and pebbles. He was fully equipped. He was trained by God
That is why David says in Ps 144:1 - Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
3. God prepares the circumstances as you are waiting upon Him
The way God works is so interesting! God was preparing the circumstances for not only protecting Mordecai but also exalting him.
While Haman was busy throughout the previous night setting up the gallows for Modecai, in God’s sovereign plan, the king stays up all night in order that he might be reminded of Mordecai’s act of saving his life.
The book that was supposed to put him to sleep kept him awake, waiting for the dawn to break. And as the dawn breaks, Haman arrives at the king’s court seeking an occasion to speak to the king about putting his enemy Mordecai on gallows.
I have read this passage over and over again and always admired at the wisdom of God’s timing.
Even in our lives, God prepares the circumstance in our favour. His timing is always perfect. While we might never get a glimpse of God’s calendar, all that you and I can do is to trust God.
God is calling you to a trust him so deeply that you literally stop doing anything in your own strength and just wait for him.
Prov 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
There is actually something happening while nothing seems to be happening in your life. God is working while you are waiting