The Beauty of Waiting


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We live in a society where most things are fast. We have fast food, fast internet, fast lane, right turn on a red light, park and go, drop and pick up laundry, honking at someone who drives slowly, speeding tickets, etc. Some of these are not wrong but the downside is we became impatient about most of the things in our lives.

Impatience in the Bible brought great consequences upon the lives of different people in the past. One example is in Genesis 17 when God renewed His covenant with Abram and changed His name to Abraham. When God told him again that Sarai, his wife, will have a son, he “…fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah that is ninety years old, bear?” (Genesis 17:17)

Humanly speaking, it is impossible for Sarah to bear a son in her old age, but they forgot to trust that God can do impossible things. We saw that their faith weakened and failed when Abraham agreed to bring Hagar into the process of starting a family. Despite of the couples’ impulsive decision, God reaffirmed his promise and established the covenant of circumcision as a permanent sign of his relationship with Abraham.

God does not work within the timeframe of men. God has His own plan and timeframe. All we must do is trust His promises because He is able to do it, and not take matters into our own hands. Why is there beauty in waiting on God? Here are some principles from the Scripture that might help you on waiting on God:

  1. Waiting on God builds intimacy and dependence (Psalm 25:4-5)
  2. Waiting on God will lead you on the right path (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  3. Waiting on God reveals His character to a person (Isaiah 30:18; Lamentations 3:25)
  4. Waiting on God develops our confidence in His Word (Habakkuk 2:1-3)
  5. Waiting on God builds our character (Romans 5:3-4)

Isaiah 40:31But 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; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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