No one likes to wait for what they want. We all long for instant gratification. We have big dreams that we want to accomplish and relationships that we would love to have, but there is purpose in the waiting.
Patience was never my thing. Whenever I had something that I wanted, I would go after it with no room to wait.
I’ve always seen the waiting season as a waste of time. There have been times when God has told me to wait but I’ve always told God, “Why wait when you can give it to me now?”
But God has shown me that the waiting season is a crucial part of our journey to reach God’s destination for us.
Our waiting season is part of God’s process to prepare us for His great plans.
We can’t be who God wants us to be without the waiting process. It’s through our waiting that we learn to stand strong in God and grow our faith in him alone.
It’s tempting to take things into our own hands when we’re suffering, but we must stay faithful to what God has asked us to do. When we stay faithful in the things that God has asked us to do, he will stay faithful to fulfill his promise to us.
Everyone that God used in the Bible had a waiting season before God’s promise to them was given. God gave Joseph a dream that he would be the leader of Egypt, but that didn’t happen right away. Joseph had to go through much suffering and waiting before God’s promise came to pass.
Joseph was sold as a slave by his own brothers and later thrown in prison for doing nothing wrong. But because Joseph stayed faithful to God and did what was right before God’s eyes, God honored his promise to Joseph and made him ruler over Egypt under Pharoah. Joseph could have easily fallen into temptation, but he says in Genesis 39:9, “..how then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
David is another example in the Bible who had to go through suffering during his waiting season. God promised David that he would be king over Israel, but that didn’t happen right away.
David spent many years running away from King Saul who was trying to kill him. David had many opportunities to kill King Saul, but he always chose to do what was right before God. David tells King Saul in 1 Samuel 24:6, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.”
Both David and Joseph could have taken things into their own hands, yet they chose to stay faithful to God and to trust in him. Through their waiting season, they learned to be obedient to God and to hold on to his promises.
The waiting season may seem like a wasteful time, but it is one of the most crucial moments in our lives. What we do in our waiting season will determine the outcome of our lives. We have the choice to take steps towards God’s promises or away from his promises.
If Joseph and David had given up in their waiting seasons, they would never have lived to see God’s promise fulfilled in their lives. If they had taken things into their own hands, they would never have seen God’s mighty hand working in their lives.
God has promises for your life that he wants to fulfill – will you press on and stay faithful to God? Will you be like David and Joseph and trust God in your waiting season? Will you allow God’s mighty hand to work in your life?
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Don’t let your waiting season wear you out. God has a purpose in your waiting. Stay faithful to God and trust that his promise for you is coming. God promises we will reap his blessings if we don’t give up.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “..And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith..” The only way to go through our waiting season without giving up is to fix our eyes on Jesus. We will only find our faith increasing when our hope is in Jesus alone. Jesus will never let us down and he is the hope we need to press forward.
God has plans for your life beyond what you can see or imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9). Your waiting season is the bridge to connect you to God’s beautiful plan for your life. So remember, there is purpose in the waiting.