Waiting Well





JAMES 5:7–11 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

There are times when we have to wait for the fulfillment of God’s promise to us. If God in His wisdom is making you wait, it’s not because He’s finding it difficult to fulfill that promise. He’s also not punishing you by making you wait? Why is He making you wait? — Does anybody really know the answer to this question? (at least, not while they’re waiting!) But after you’ve passed this road — after this season is passed — if you pay attention, you might gain perspective that would serve as encouragement to others coming after you.

Why did Abraham wait? He had received God’s promise that his seed would be as the dust of the earth. When he was discouraged, God told him to try counting the stars if he could — because that’s how much his descendants would be. Yet in his old age, he was still childless, still waiting for the manifestation of this promise by a God he knew could do it anytime He wanted.But Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto Him for righteousness. Your restless disquiet does not honor God. It also won’t make Him act faster than He intends to — which is always for your good.

Do you believe that God will do what He has said He will do? So do you carry on in ways that portray this faith? If we cannot rest in God, why do we believe in Him then? If others cannot look at us and find encouragement to trust God where then is the faith that we profess to have?

God has heard your prayers. You can trust Him like a father who has your best interest at heart — because He does! So breathe easy if you find yourself in a season of waiting.
Let the virtues being cultivated in you in this season find full expression. At least make the effort to not lose your joy.

Remember Job.
Naomi and Ruth.
Elizabeth and John.
Abraham and Sarah

The God who did not fail them then is still the same.