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Help! I’m Struggling with Waiting

Isaiah 40:31 -But those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

I do not like to wait!  I’m not an impulsive person nor do I need instant gratification. But, waiting is not my favorite thing. I don’t like lines at the grocery store or the pharmacy. I don’t like waiting for my phone to ring, or for my packages to arrive. Many people are like me in this way. We don’t like to wait. 

But, what about waiting on the Lord? What about that promise that burned in your spirit ten years ago? What about the dream that stirred a fire in your belly, but now is just a small flicker?  How do you keep the vibrant flame burning as you wait on the Lord? 

We have to look at waiting with a new perspective.  Consider this:

While You are Waiting, Don’t Focus on the Delay, Focus on the Preparation 

God is not arbitrary. He doesn’t have you waiting just to be waiting. There is a reason for this season. He is preparing you for something great!  Look at David. It was almost 15 years from the time he was anointed, until the time he became king.  That waiting period wasn’t without trouble or conflict. He was on the run for his life! But God was also teaching him how to lead. God was shepherding him, so that he could shepherd the people.  In your waiting, God is preparing you for something you can’t even imagine right now.  

Don’t Wait Passively, But Actively Wait in Expectation

The concept of waiting on the Lord is not passive. You don’t just sit and twiddle your thumbs. But it is actively placing trust and hope in God to move on your behalf. In the 40th chapter of Isaiah, the prophet describes our wonderful God. Isaiah says, creation is subject to God, the Creator (v. 12). God has all wisdom; He needs no one to teach Him or advise Him of anything (v. 13-14). He is above every nation (v. 15-17). Idols are nothing in His presence (v. 18-20).  Nothing and no one ever has or ever will compare to Him (v. 21-26).  Isaiah goes on to say, “those who wait on 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.”  Wait here refers to hopeful expectation in a God who is able to deliver!  Don’t just sit idly by, but expect, look for, hope, and trust Him.  

Those who expect Him to move,

Those who look for His hands to deliver, 

Those who set their hope on Him, 

Those that confidently trust Him, will experience renewed strength. Waiting doesn’t make you weaker. Instead, while you wait, your strength is renewed. Like an eagle, you will fly instead of stumble along. You will walk boldly, and not lose heart.  

The Vision is for an Appointed Time

Habakkuk 2:3 says For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  The prophet was told that what the Lord promised him would indeed come, but it would come at the time God had ordained. The things God has for you will happen at a God appointed time.  His timing is perfect and His words are trustworthy.   

It may seems that things are moving too slowly or may even be stagnant, but don’t stop waiting.  Because, no matter how long you wait, it will come at just the right time.  

Know the Worth of the Wait

The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet asking “God, How long . . .?” (Hab. 1:2).  God answers Habakkuk and tells him that in the wait, He is doing such great things Habakkuk couldn’t even fathom them.  

The wait is worth it because while you are waiting God is working.  He is always working when you don’t see it, and when you don’t feel it.  Even when you feel afar off, He is working for your good.  We are not always privy to the things that happen in the spiritual realm, but what happens there is very real and has real impact on our lives.  

Keep the faith while you actively wait- expect, look for, hope, and trust Him. Know that waiting on the Lord is strengthening you and facilitating your preparation. Victory is on the other side.

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