“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Patience is not one of my better qualities. In fact, most people find themselves to be like me in that they are very impatient. It irritates me beyond words to set a doctors appointment and then having to wait because the doctor didn’t plan well. My patience runs thin while I wait on people who should have planned better.
However, impatience in people often reveals your impatience with God’s planning and your lack of trust in God’s divine omniscience. Three times in the Scriptures the believer is commanded to, “Wait on the LORD.” Most believers find themselves struggling in this area of waiting while the LORD does His work. Just like an army has operating procedures as they go to war, so the believer needs some procedures to follow when they wait on the LORD. Let me give you five procedures to follow while you wait on the LORD.
First, don’t try to manipulate your circumstances to get ahead of the LORD. The idea to wait means that you are not going to try and help God out in His plan for your life. Most people struggle in the area of waiting on God because they struggle with not being in control of the circumstances. If you try to help God while you wait so that you can be in control of the circumstances, you are going to find that you are going to mess up God’s plan. Take your hands off God’s plan and wait.
Second, keep a good attitude while you wait. The verse above says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage…” Don’t let your impatience in God’s plan cause you to become irritable and hard to get along with. There are some people you never want to be around when they have to wait on the LORD. Just because you can’t control the circumstances doesn’t mean you have to make everyone else’s day miserable. Keeping your attitude right will help you not to ruin your influence and testimony while you wait on the LORD. Many people hurt their testimony because of their bad attitude during the waiting period of God’s plan.
Third, don’t change what you are doing. The worst thing you can do while you wait on the LORD is to change what you are doing. Just because God hasn’t come through for you doesn’t mean that what you are doing is wrong. Waiting on the LORD doesn’t mean that you are a bad person. Many people have had to wait on the LORD who were great Christians. While you wait on the LORD, keep the same energy and boldness in what you do. Don’t let God’s silence cause you to lose your boldness for God.
Fourth, keeping doing right while you wait on the LORD. Psalm 37:34 says, “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way…” Don’t let impatience in God’s timing move you to listlessness in your duties for God. Keep reaching the lost, reading the Scriptures, praying, and doing your ministries while you wait on the LORD. Making your waiting time a fruitful time emboldens your spirit in God’s power as you wait on Him.
Fifth, trust the LORD while you wait on Him. You must realize that you can’t always see what God is doing behind the scenes and in the hearts of others. Most of the time, God is doing something we cannot see while we wait on Him. Just because you can’t see God working doesn’t mean He is not working. Trust God and His Word to wait, because He will exalt Himself and prove your waiting period to be worth the wait.