What are you waiting on right now? Is there something in your life that you are waiting on God to beautifully orchestrate? Many of God’s great people had to wait on Him for years for their foretold futures to actually unfold. Noah waited 120 years for the flood to come while he built the ark. Abraham waited 25 years to have his son, Isaac. And of course, Jesus waited 33 years to become the Savior of the world. So why would God tell someone what He planned to do so long before it happened? And what are we supposed to do while we wait?
I am going to propose some possible ideas:
- There was (and is!) work to be done.
Noah needed to build the ark to save his family before the flood. Imagine gathering, cutting, and shaping all of that wood. And then finding the animals – and each sex on top of that! I hope he had a good network of people. Noah’s Linked-In profile would have read “Ship Builder, Zoologist, and Crazy Follower of God.”
- For humans to learn what God’s timing is like.
Since I became a Christian, I really have had to learn this lesson. I once prayed for someone for 12 years before I saw any answers to my prayers. But boy-o-boy…did God answer them! Humans like to think we are in control, but when answers to prayers and prophesies don’t come quick, we really learn who is in control.
- God wants us to learn to be prayerful and grateful.
Our true personalities show when we are asked to wait. We start to feel pressed on all sides and impatient. We want to start demanding, but we cannot. We want to start yelling, but we respect God too much to do that either. Our only choice becomes humility and we begin praying and offering our thanks for what God has done and what He will do. Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, we will have learned to pray that God’s will be done.
- To begin to accept and even enjoy our current circumstances.
Paul said he was content no matter what. Psalm 23 says not to “be in want”. When we are able to surrender our wish list, we can finally be at peace.
- God wants to prepare us for our future.
God is always ready. He wants His people to be ready as well when new blessings arrive and when new tasks are assigned. Our faith gets stretched and we see our Faithful Father once again, come through. With Him, there is always victory in Christ.