Wait. A word that we are often introduced to as a young child, and one that most of us as adults still don’t like to hear. Dictionary.com defines the word wait like this:
1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until)
2. (of things) to be available or in readiness
3. to remain neglected for a time
4. to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed
5. to look forward to eagerly
As I look at these definitions I think about my posture as it pertains to the promises of God. Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”. How often though do we get impatient and move ahead of God when it seems that the vision is not coming to pass soon enough. It’s as if we forget that it was God who gave us the vision, so surely He knows how long it should take for it to come to pass. When I find myself getting anxious, I reread the vision and seek God for further direction. I often find that I have either missed an instruction or he will give me the next step to bring me closer to the manifestation of the vision. Although there may be a delay, we must remember there is an appointed time.
During the waiting period, I must admit that there have been times when I felt totally neglected. This generally happens though when I begin to look at others and think “oh they are moving right into their destiny”, or it seems like everything is just falling into place for “so and so”. This is a tool of the enemy to get me distracted and start to doubt God and his promises. If this has ever happened to you, like me we must quickly regroup and put our focus back on what God has said to us. We don’t know what “they” had to endure privately to get to what we see publically.
The waiting period is a time where we must be as the second definition says, in a state of availability or readiness. One of my favorite scriptures sums this definition up. Isaiah 40:31 says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. What exactly does this mean though to wait on the Lord? I liken it to a waiter in a restaurant. His first responsibility is to take the order. Once we’ve received the vision from the Lord, we are to seek him for direction. We are to ask Him what he would like us to do. After the waiter takes the order and brings the food, his next responsibility is to check and see how he can continue to serve us. It’s the same with us. Once we seek that first set of instruction we are to seek God to see how we can continually serve him. We should start our day with “Lord how can I serve you today?” The more our focus is on serving God, we will receive the strength that we need to endure during the waiting period.
So how are you doing at the waiting game? Are you impatient? Are you feeling neglected? If so, then changed the way you view waiting. Look at it as an opportunity to “wait on” God-what can you do to serve Him. In your time of serving you’ll be revived, refreshed and renewed.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!