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“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
“God, what are you waiting for?”
I’ve shouted this question in anger, whimpered it in sadness, and threatened to walk away if He didn’t answer me. I wanted Him to hop to it as soon as I cried out to Him, and His silence made me angry and demanding.
But could it be that God waits for my mind and heart to be still and stop it’s frantic demands? He’s waiting too. For surrender, faith, the right timing, hearts to soften, and for His purpose. And in the waiting we learn to rely on Him for life and breath and joy. When we wait we become like a trusting child rather than a little tyrant.
When we hold in our minds the vision of God waiting on us, our waiting cannot be in vain. If grace feels absent from our lives, it’s easy to question God’s desire to show it to us. But there’s something special about the growth that happens when we wait on God: we learn that the giver is more than the gift.
“God is more than the blessing and our being kept waiting on Him is the only way for our learning to find our life and joy in Himself. Waiting allows us to be ever on the watch for every indication of His will or favor, ever conscious of His nearness, His goodness, and His grace.” Andrew Murray’s quote puts waiting for God into perspective for us.
Be encouraged to be courageous. If you’re waiting for God to move in your life, take heart, dear one. He’s moving even when we cannot see. Hold courage close. Your faith, joy, and hope will grow in the waiting because as you wait, you derive your strength and joy from God Himself instead of His blessings.
Heavenly Father, You are the source of life and joy. Forgive us for exchanging your glory for your blessings. Let us wait with courage, believing that you’re waiting too. Let us derive our strength from you, the giver, and not the gifts you give. Help us to quiet our souls and determine to trust you for the timing and the work you’re wanting to do in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.