“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Psalm 130:5 – 6a
Sometimes I find waiting extremely difficult. In fact I don’t recall ever meeting a person who enjoyed waiting. Whether the waiting is for something exciting or potentially life changing in a negative way, either way, it’s during these moments that time seems to slow down. Every second feels like forever and every tick of the clock is as loud as the sound of banging a hammer.
While I find waiting difficult (most of the time) in this current season I have discovered that waiting can be a joy no matter what the circumstance. How do I know this? Because more often than not waiting is not the problem, it’s what we do while we are waiting that’s the make or break of the situation.
I have found that one of the biggest hindrances when waiting is our underdeveloped fruit of the spirit also known as patience and that inner voice that questions everything, you know the one, the one that asks things like the following:–
Why is it taking so long? Why aren’t there more people manning the counters? Why can’t my child get ready quickly? Why can’t my life be like her life? When will I get to sing from the platform? When will it be my turn to preach? When will people see the value in me?
We build up layer upon layer of “why’s”, “where’s” and “when’s” feeding our impatience rather than developing the ability to patiently wait upon the Lord
When waiting is a struggle, how do we ensure that we are waiting on the Lord and resting in Him as we wait? (I’m glad you asked) – one of the best things to do is declare God’s truths over each situation. Seek God, ask Him to guide you to Bible verses that can be declared over each situation – This will ensure that there is less room for our frustrations and impatience to surface fully. More importantly, this leaves no room for the enemy to speak into any insecurities or fears we may have. Some examples are as follows:-
- If you are waiting to hear about whether you still have a job: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
- If you are waiting to see if you have enough money to pay the bills: “So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?” or “What shall we wear” For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31 – 33
- If you are waiting for reconciliation/resolution: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins…….If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:8 -9; 11
Every situation you find yourself in has a verse that you can use to speak life into that situation and each one of God’s truths combats the enemy’s lies.
Waiting well means learning to refocus by resting in the knowledge that “God has got this”, He is in control, His timing is perfect and He knows what’s best for us – he uses everything to draw us closer to him. So instead of seeing waiting as a negative thing, how about we use it as the “prime time” to dig deeper in his word – spend more time in prayer, learn more about where God is going to take you. Be still and listen.
This week I encourage you to spend time in God’s word seeking verses to declare over whatever you are going through. Feel free to expand on this blog by sharing some verses you have declared during the week – I would love to see where God is speaking into your life.
(original post: 25.1.2016)
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References: Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan; Image: http://www.lovethispic.com/image/200497/waiting