Waiting Period

shutterstock_125007140“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8

Have you ever experienced a season in your life when everything seemed to be on hold? Have you spent days, months or even years in anticipation of something or someone? Nehemiah can relate. A cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, God appointed him to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem in order to restore the honor of His people. However, Nehemiah had no clue how to begin such an incredible task. So the very first thing Nehemiah did, before he ever began drafting construction plans, was pray. Nehemiah prayed and waited for the Lord to answer.

For four, long, anxious months, Nehemiah prayed and waited on God’s “green light” to begin construction. My point in today’s post is to encourage us to practice the discipline of waiting on the Lord and His perfect timing. I know this is a difficult lesson to learn, and I realize it is tough to wait in our microwave culture. We live in an “instant” world. We’ve got everything from instant coffee to instant mashed potatoes. Life travels at warp speed and it is getting faster by the day. But our God puts a premium on patience.

When you wait on the Lord and pray to Him diligently about a problem or decision, you aren’t wasting time; you’re investing time. Time waiting is never time wasted where God is concerned. But why does God make us wait for answers? Why doesn’t He give us instant answers to our prayers? I believe the answer is very simple: He wants us to get on His timetable.

Nehemiah knew what God had called him to do, but he had no clue how God would provide for the construction or when God would choose to begin the work. Nehemiah just had to pray and wait. As the passage above tells us, God’s ways are not our ways and often His perfect timing doesn’t match with our idea of perfect timing. So I encourage you today, if you are in a season of waiting, take heart. God’s timing really is the best timing; and He rewards those who wait upon Him. Don’t spoil a precious blessing from the Lord by impatiently taking your own course of action. He will lead you and guide you perfectly when you slow down and wait on Him.

–James Merritt




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