Are You Waiting Or Rushing?

Who loves waiting? Why wait if we could have it now? While rushing may seem like the better option, it’s in the waiting that we receive the wisdom to make the best decisionAre you waiting or rushing?

I don’t like waiting for anything. And it was clear that I didn’t because I started to do things my way and taking God out of the equation.

My desire to be in a relationship made me want to rush God.

Instead of waiting for God’s direction, I started doing things that I felt God would approve. I translated God’s answer of “wait” to permission to do what I felt was right in the midst of my uncertainty.

But God soon showed me that I was not waiting for him – I was rushing him.

When we are unsure of God’s will for our lives, it’s tempting to rush and make our own moves. But it’s in the waiting that we gain the best direction for our lives.

We are to wait on God and not rush God. 

Isaiah 26:8 says, “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our hearts.

Will you say yes to God, even if it requires being still and waiting for him to show you where to go? 

Waiting on God means not getting ahead of him, but allowing him to go before us. And when God stops, we stop too and wait for his direction.

When we get ahead of God, it clearly shows that our desires are more important than his desires. Isaiah 26:8 reminds us that God’s glory should always be the desire of our hearts. God only has the best intentions for us. When we wait on God, we are waiting for the best answer.

We know we’re rushing God when we start doing things without first waiting to hear from God.  

The enemy wants us to see the waiting period as unimportant, but it’s in the waiting that we receive God’s wisdom to make the best decisions for our lives.

Abraham and Sarah from the Bible are a perfect example of why we shouldn’t rush doing things our own way. God had promised Abraham that he would give him a son and he would have descendants as much as the stars (Genesis 15:4-5).

Abraham and Sarah had the desire to have children, but instead of waiting on God, they rushed with their own ways. Sarah told Abraham to sleep with their servant Hagar so that they could build a family and Abraham agreed.

We see later that they had to suffer the consequences of not waiting on God’s wisdom but rushing into doing things their own way. Genesis 16:4-5 says, “..When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering…”

Abraham and Sarah tried rushing God’s promise by doing things their own way. They took their desires into their own hands and it left them suffering.

What desires in your heart are you trying to take into your own hands?

We have to be careful to not make the same mistake that Abraham and Sarah did. We must always be in a posture to wait on God’s direction in every part of our lives, even in things that God has promised he would give us.

In Genesis 18:3 God finally reveals his plan and says, “Sarah your wife will have a son.” If only Sarah and Abraham had waited on God, they would have seen God’s promise come to pass in the perfect way and timing.

What do you most desire in your life? Do you trust that God knows the desires of your heart? Will you trust that in his time he will give you the desires of your heart? Will you keep your delight in God and wait on him?

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

God himself will give you the desires of your heart. You don’t need to take things into your own hands. God only asks us to commit to his ways and to trust that he will provide all of our desires at the right time.

Perfect peace enters our hearts when we are still and wait on God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”  

You will find perfect peace in the midst of your fears and uncertainties when you put your trust in God’s goodness. Keep your mind steadfast in him and don’t think ahead of God. We only invite fear into our hearts when we try to get ahead of God.

God knows the best for your life – trust him and don’t rush him. So remember, are you waiting or rushing?

Prayer: Lord, remind me to not get ahead of you but to be still and wait on you.
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