I don’t hold a master’s degree in waiting on God, nor in patience. But I am praying that I’d be slowly molded into an artist of waiting on God. Biblical waiting means confident expectation, trusting that God will do what he has promised. That God knows best both what needs to happen and when it needs to happen. That God will be preparing us while we are waiting. That God works for the good who believe in him.
There are many examples in the Bible about what happens when we don’t trust God but precede God. Just think about Abraham! God promised him a son. But when nothing happened he took the matter into his own hands and got his wife’s maid pregnant (Genesis 16). He did not wait on God’s timing. Neither did Saul.
Saul stayed at Gilgal, and the troops followed him anxiously. He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel, but Samuel didn’t come to Gilgal, and his troops began to desert. So Saul ordered, “Bring me the entirely burned offering and the well-being sacrifices.” Then he offered the entirely burned offering. The very moment Saul finished offering up the entirely burned offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet him and welcome him. But Samuel said, “What have you done?”
“I saw that my troops were deserting,” Saul replied. “You hadn’t arrived by the appointed time, and the Philistines were gathering at Michmash. I thought, The Philistines are about to march against me at Gilgal and I haven’t yet sought the LORD’s favor. So I took control of myself and offered the entirely burned offering.”
“How stupid of you to have broken the commands the LORD your God gave you!” Samuel told Saul. “The LORD would have established your rule over Israel forever, but now your rule won’t last. The LORD will search for a man of his own choosing, and the LORD will commission him as leader over God’s people, because you didn’t keep the LORD’s command.” (1 Sam. 13:7-14, CEB, emphasis added)
Saul’s seemingly rational and reasonable action demonstrates disobedience to God. Saul reacted out of fear of the Philistines, not out of fear of God. Saul did not wait for God, he took charge. Waiting for God requires strength and spiritual maturity.
We are not to lean on our own understanding. We are not to birth things prematurely. We are to trust God and his timing. He knows best. We are to let God take charge of our lives. We are to trust God to take care of us according to his grace and not according to our fear.
Waiting on God is a way of life.
Waiting on God is knowing God is God and we are not God.
Waiting on God is about surrendering our will to God day by day.
Waiting on God is trusting God for pouring out grace also tomorrow.
Waiting on God is seeking him with our whole hearts.
Waiting on God is being changed into his likeness.
Waiting on God is becoming whom God created us to be.
Thank you that you are God and we are not.
Thank you for taking holistically care of us.
Thank you that you know what’s best.
Forgive us for (re)taking charge or our lives.
We surrender to your guidance.
Don’t let us ruin your plans for us.
May nothing but your will happen.
Enable us to wait on you
and trust you completely.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Does waiting on God come to you easily? What does help you to not spring ahead of God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you confidently wait on God!
Giving thanks today for
#181 God’s patience with us
#182 God’s sovereignty
#183 rest we find in God when we trust
#184 that we are not supposed to take charge of our lives
#185 sweetness of surrendering to God
#186 God treating us according to his grace, not our fear
#187 peace that comes when we let go and let God
#188 God’s beautiful plans for each of our lives
#189 God’s abundant love for us
#190 God’s gentle refining of our souls