I read an awesome article a few months back by Anna Bachinsky called “When God Makes You Wait.” Immediately, I was filled with excitement because I had just recently read in my Chronological Bible about the men she references, so I actually knew what was going on for once! (I often can’t remember enough of the details when it comes to history, so this made me feel REALLY smart…) But as I kept reading, I realized I also had my own thoughts about this topic, so I want to expand on these truths.
Many of us have to face periods of waiting in our life. Waiting for our first job, or maybe for a job we would love with every fiber of our being instead of one that just pays the bills. Waiting for our future spouse to find us. Waiting for our first or second child. Waiting for the “one day”. Life seems to be filled with so much waiting when God could just choose to give us those desires right away. So why doesn’t He?
God could have spoken to Moses in the desert 40 days after he ran away from Egypt. Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years. God could have made David king the day after he was anointed. Instead, he waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law. God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced. Instead, he was left in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free. God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man. Instead, He made him wait until he was 100 years old.
God could have answered the prayers of these men immediately, but He didn’t. He made them wait instead. And He often makes us do the same. He puts these desires and longings on our heart, but waits to give them to us. He puts a calling on our lives of how we should be serving Him, but then makes us wait to step into that calling or to give us direction. He makes us wait when we feel like we’ve been stuck at a dead end and don’t know where to go or what to do next. We just keep waiting.
He kept Moses in a desert for 40 years. David on the run for 15 years. Joseph in a prison cell for 10 years. Abraham without a child for 100 years. And maybe He is keeping you where you are for the same reason He kept these men waiting for so many years: to build your faith. You see, sometimes the waiting period is the most important time in your life. It is in these moments that God wants us to learn what it means to depend deeply on Him. To build our “spiritual muscles” and to grow in our faith. To see if He is truly all we desire and all we need. You see, it’s during this period when nothing seems to be happening, when prayers seem to go unanswered, when God seems so far away, that the most spiritual growth takes place in our lives. That we learn to become more like Him. And this intangible growth is the most important.
What is it that you are waiting for today? Friend, let me tell you something. God put that desire on your heart. It is a good desire. It is there for a purpose. But the waiting has a purpose too. God is not deaf to your constant prayers. He sees every tear you have cried and He is right there with you. And though you may not see any physical change to your circumstances, the Holy Spirit is working on your heart as you learn to rely more on Him. He made some of the greatest men of faith wait, so don’t be discouraged if He is making you wait as well. Don’t let the waiting period make you hopeless for tomorrow, but instead, let it build your faith and bring you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you! “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
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