3 Truths to Remember When You’re Tired of Waiting on God
Have you been waiting on God for so long that you wonder if your ‘not now’ has turned into ‘not ever’?
I was in the self-checkout line today at the grocery store. All eight stations were full and there was one woman to attend to the constant demands of the shoppers’ requests.
When I kept getting an alert to remove the item from the bag before proceeding—and there was nowhere else to place the item—I tried to get this woman’s attention, to no avail. I got tired of waiting so I resorted to holding the particular item in my hand as I tried to ring and bag my remaining items. This happened six more items until I had no more room in my hands to hold anything, much less continue to check out. I was frustrated.
At that moment the woman finally came over and reset something on the register. The rest of my experience was a breeze. As I left, I felt convicted of how little patience I had in waiting just a few moments for her to address my problem.
When asked, most people would admit that they don’t wait well.
But may I challenge that?
I think we do wait well. Think of the last thing you wanted and waited for. Maybe it was in line to get into a sold-out concert. Or perhaps it was in the waiting room of an important doctor’s appointment. Or maybe it was just this morning at Starbucks. We wait well for things that are important to us.
So how is that we can tolerate waiting for certain things, but not others?
One thing we have particular difficulty waiting for is God.
But isn’t He worth waiting for?
God really does want to answer your prayers. If your requests are being delayed, there is good reason for it.
In Genesis 15, God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child in their old age. They received a promise right from the mouth of God, and even then they had no patience to wait for it. Thus, an Ishmeal was birthed. A son, yes, but not the promised son. Fortunately, the promised son did come to pass, but not without a lot of problems that could have been avoided if they had waited.
If you are in a season of uncertainty, and getting impatient with God’s timing, there are three truths to remember:
Truth #1. It will take as long as it takes.
I know this can be hard to hear, particularly if you are a go-getter. Most of us think, ‘There’s got to be somethingI can do,” but sometimes wait really just means wait. I don’t mean you should sit back and do nothing. Rather, simply focus on what you know to do and stop fretting over when the payoff is going to come. It will happen when it happens.
Truth #2. God will move when He sees that you are ready.
If it seems as if nothing is changing, God may be waiting on you. And if he’s waiting, it’s likely for one of these three reasons:
- He’s waiting on you to do the last thing He told you to do. Whatever it is, do it!
- He’s doing something IN you. We all want the promotion but do we have the character to keep us there? Whatever God is wanting to do it you, let Him.
- He’s engineering your circumstances. Sometimes, it’s not about you at all. There may be other moving parts that need to be in place. Trust me, you’ll want to wait for them to be orchestrated.
Truth #3. God is faithful.
I believe one of the reasons we struggle to trust God is because we can’t be trusted. We don’t love unconditionally, we don’t give sacrificially. We follow our feelings and when the feeling fades, we move on. Not God. God is not like us. His thoughts are above our thoughts, His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God can be trusted.
Whatever it is that you are in need of today, God knows, and it is His desire to answer your prayer. Will you remain faithful and trust Him? He’s worth the wait.
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What a great posting! Zinger right when I needed to hear that. Patience is a virtue I am hoping I am developing…. thx for a very good reminder!
Thanks for reading Tara!
“Have you been waiting on God for so long that you wonder if your ‘not now’ has turned into ‘not ever’?” — This is so me right now. Thank you so much for the reminder. For me sometimes it’s the not knowing if you’ll even get what’s so important—like a child of our own—but I’m reminded that Abraham and Sarah had an explicit “You will get a son. Just wait for my timing.” And they still messed it up. I’m sure I’d be no better. 🙂 Thanks for this today.
Thanks for reading Ashley. I pray that God shows up in your situation in miraculous ways! Blessings!
Oh, waiting is the hardest part for me. Hahaha! I can trust, but it’s SO hard to wait!
I agree Carri. I have hung on to Mark 9:24 “I believe, but help my unbelief” during those times that I just can’t seem to see how God will make a way.
Blessings to you!
This was very refreshing. Thanks for this post. I have so many trials right now which at times I feel like giving up but I came this far. I am not turning back. Blessings!
So glad to hear that Monica. You’ve come too far! God will not give up on you.
Thank you for sharing. I need this good help today.
Thank you for insightful artiicle – it is very helpful
I have had peace in the past about what I have been waiting for and a clarity
But I am getting older and a bit weary and wondering is it faith or delusion, not about the truth of God but about what I have prayed so long for.
The process has definitely changed me for the better, there has been spiritual breakthroughs, but I go from hope to lethargy
God is completing what He started in me and someone else – but whether it is a Yes or No- I am not sure at the moment