I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a season of waiting, I want to know WHY I have to wait. How’s that for patience, right? *eye roll*
But seriously. It’s not fun.
That’s why knowing the reason behind the wait eases the frustration a bit. If I get God’s perspective, I can be productive in that season of waiting.
We all desire to hear His voice. But what do I do when God says nothing in response to my questions? Why does God say, “Wait”?
Whatever His reasons are—whether He reveals them to me or not—I can have peace that He is taking the best care of me.
It’s God’s privilege to be sovereign over the lives of His children. Privilege means “a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most.”
So today, I’m sharing with you five reasons you might be in a season of waiting.
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But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. Psalm 38:15 ESV
Your Season of Waiting Might Tell You:
Your desire needs to shift.
Sometimes I want what I’m asking about more than desiring God Himself. I need to take a frequent, careful look at my heart. Have I erected an idol in place of God? It’s easy to lean too far on the side of “God will give me the desires of my heart” without delighting in the Lord.
God aligned my heart with this when I desired to be married more than I wanted God. By the way, singles, I happened on Alisha’s post from Become Less the other day: 3 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day (Instead of Feeling Sorry for Yourself) and loved it. I’m not single, but if I was I would do all three!
You’re waiting for Him to speak when He’s spoken.
I’ve learned that He desires His children know Him more and more through His Word. Sometimes when I seek Him for clear direction on a specific subject or circumstance, it’s easier to understand what He would say in those times when I feel He is silent. I simply apply His Word. Or the Holy Spirit will illuminate a verse or passage connecting the dots for me.
It might not have been the answer I thought I needed but the one He knows I need. God might say, “Lean on Me. Trust Me. Don’t Fret.” Then I’m reminded of Proverbs 27:7 (NKJV), “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”
God’s waiting for you.
Remember Noah? God gave him that monstrous project that took years to complete. I wonder if Noah ever grew tired of waiting for that day of rain. But he had a job to do with lots of preparation to complete. If he started asking God for the rain to go ahead and come before he finished, then he would’ve had problems! You might need to finish preparing some tasks before God brings your waiting to an end.
You just need to make a decision.
It depends on what you’re waiting about, of course, but this one reminds me of a lady who once told me she stands in front of her closet and asks God what to wear each day. Now I tried to see her logic from her perspective. Her habit could be a wise practice; what if God’s taking you from dressing provocatively to modestly? I could get in agreement with that. But generally, I don’t think God’s going to sit on His throne shaking His head, saying, “Green! Green!” if you chose the blue top.
There are probably so many times that I needlessly fret when I could just make a decision. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). If you aren’t getting a peace after making that decision, then the Holy Spirit is letting you know to do something else.
God’s getting everyone in place.
God is building His Church, and He gives His people kingdom assignments. I can’t see everything God can see, but I know He is working. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
There are so many times when I don’t see the goodness of His will. I think mine is better until everything plays out. Then in hindsight, I see the beauty of His work.
Your Season of Waiting
He will reveal His will. Unless you have continued to live in willful sin, God will hear you (Isaiah 59:1-2). And while you’re waiting, He will work everything to your good (Romans 8:28).
To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust Him in the dark—that is faith. C.H. Spurgeon
Most of the time, when I’m in a season of waiting, more than one of the above are true. There’s some modification needed or taking place. Whatever the reason, I need to align my heart with God’s will.
God, thank You that You see my life and hear my prayers. I release my worries to You and trust in Your ability of being my good Father. You are making everything in my life beautiful. While I’m waiting, help me to modify my thoughts and ways to Your plans and purposes for my life. Open my eyes to see the reason I’m in this season of waiting. Help me to move when You lead and quit when You say stop. Thank You for making Your will clear to me. Amen.
Are you in a season of waiting? What do you think God is saying?
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