Waiting on the Promises

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow!

But God is not slow. He is patient! There is a purpose for waiting.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

What we think is slowness is really called patience. There is a reason God factors time into everything. Otherwise, God could have had a tree bear apples as soon as it is planted.

Preparing Hearts

Preparation is the reason for the wait. God knows us a whole lot better than we know ourselves. He also knows the condition we are currently in, and He is waiting on certain things to happen in us first.

God knows the depth of our heart and the conditions of our life. In order to be ready, He gets our hearts more mature to receive. When we wait on the Lord, we will be able to receive the inheritance.

To wait on the Lord means to serve His purposes with a glad heart. God is saying to cooperate with Him. If we try to take a shortcut, we will be faced with some challenges that our heart will not be ready for. As we wait on Him and cooperate, the promise will be best stewarded at the right time.

If we wait on the Lord, we will renew our strength. We will mount up with wings as eagles. We will run and not be weary; we will walk and not faint.

Then Why Wait?

  1. Waiting Builds a Mature Heart

God is patient because He knows that maturity, depth and the ability to handle problems and challenges need to be built. Just praying for God to remove problems won’t work. One of the reasons God allows us to go through problems—not over them—is because Jesus is not the “bridge over troubled waters.” He is the shepherd that walks us through the valley of the shadow of death — not over, but through it. Therefore, have no fear of evil because thou art with me.

God’s goal is that we will become more like Him. When we run into a problem, God doesn’t just whisk the problem away. He says, let’s work through it, because when we come through this problem, we will come through with a little more insight, a little more self-control, a little more humility and more compassion for others that go through it. At the end, we come through looking a whole lot more like Him.

  1. Waiting on God Builds Our Trust

Learn what God has for us in the midst of every single season. Don’t rush through them! God is patient! He wants us to wait on Him and His promises to build His likeness in us. Every step of the way, little by little, it builds our trust.

When we follow and trust Him, step-by-step, He becomes a light unto our path. When we come through, there is an appreciation and a deep trust. There is a confidence that God will provide every step of the way. God builds trust in us for Him so He can create some depth in us. That’s the time space between where we are and where He wants us to be.

  1. Waiting Cleanses Our Motives

It’s so easy to follow God when He is blessing me. If God blesses me and does what I tell Him to do, then I will follow Him. But, if He doesn’t, I’m out of here!

God is saying to cleanse our motives. We are not following Him for what He can do for us. We are following Him because we understand what He has already done for us on the Cross. If we can learn to trust and wait on Him, it would build a much greater faith.

“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31).

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