Twenty-one times in the Psalms, David and others write about waiting on God for Him to answer them. I have called it a discipline because for most of us, it is not easy to wait patiently. David has wise instruction when he says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” (37:7).
This has to do with circumstances that are difficult because of other people. This is not the kind of waiting that I am concerned about in this blog. I am thinking more about the discipline of waiting on the Lord as He prepares you and me for His next assignment. Often in these periods of waiting we get impatient and try to hurry along God’s calendar.
It has been said that God prepares His servants most often through extended periods of waiting that are designed by Him to sharpen our spiritual skills. This includes breaking our wills so we submit to His will. Often, we do not see our own character flaws, so it requires a longer period to mold our character through trials, testing and forced time with Him. Exceptional work is preceded by extended waiting!
James reminds us to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2–4).
Are you waiting impatiently with anxiety, or with joy as you see God work in you, making you become “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” for that next assignment? WAIT ON THE LORD!
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