January 13, 2013

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

WaitingI don’t wait well.  It makes me phlegmatic; not in the relaxed & quiet sense but in the abounding in phlegm sense. It makes me want to spit. I don’t like waiting lines. I particularly don’t like places that have a designated room for waiting. I get impatient when traffic doesn’t flow or I have to wait for Google to load on my phone. I know few people who wait well.

Yet, waiting is an essential characteristic of every follower of God.  Consider what happens when we don’t wait:

  1. We jump in and do what we think is best
  2. We jump into something, even if it is wrong.

Neither of these options are good. God makes us  wait to develop in us a strength and courage that only waiting can create.  Impatience doesn’t take much strength or courage.  Impatience is a release of our own will to just do something.  The reality is that we all are going to have to learn patience because it is good for us.  God teaches us patience by making us wait.  God makes everyone wait on him at one point or another.  Just look at a sampling of the people in the Bible:

  • Adam and Eve – weren’t willing to wait on the Lord in the garden
  • Noah – had to wait for the flood
  • Abraham – had to wait for a son
  • Joseph’s Brothers – weren’t willing to wait and see if Joseph was right.
  • Moses – had to wait in the wilderness
  • Hannah – had to wait for a son
  • Saul – did not wait to hear from God
  • David – had to wait in the wilderness
  • Elijah  – had to wait on Horeb, the mount of God
  • Elisha – had to wait in a besieged city
  • Isaiah – waited under godless leaders
  • Jeremiah – waited for the prophecy of the Babylonian captivity
  • Ezekiel – waited in Babylonian captivity
  • Nehemiah – waited to go back to rebuild Jerusalem
  • Job – waited through suffering
  • Prophets – waited for the Messiah
  • Elisabeth and Zechariah – waited for a child
  • Jesus – waited in the wilderness
  • Disciples – waited in Jerusalem for pentecost
  • Paul – waited with a thorn in his flesh
  • Apostles – waited in prison (several times)
  • Christians – waiting on the Lord’s return

Some waited well, others did not, but they all had to wait.  Everyone has to wait on the Lord at one point or another.

Why? Is it some kind of cosmic head trip?

No, I believe the reason that God has made every one of his followers wait on him is because it is good for us.  It is a blessing that God pours out on his children. Waiting may be one of God’s best tools in his sanctification toolbox.  Consider what waiting does for us:

  1. It forces us to be patient – a fruit of the Spirit;
  2. It forces us to control ourselves from going out on our own – a fruit of the Spirit;
  3. It forces us to seek our strength and courage from God which results in peace – another fruit of the Spirit.

We might as well accept that we are going to be forced to wait.  We can either fight it or embrace it.  We should actually desire it.  God is treating us as his child – he knows what is good for us and evidently that involves waiting.  We know this because He makes all of His children wait on Him at some point.

Everyone is going to be phlegmatic about having to wait:

Those who are walking in the Spirit will be phlegmatic in the sense of being calm and composed.

Those who are walking in the flesh will be phlegmatic in the sense of abounding in phlegm.

What are you abounding in? 

If waiting is a tool God is using in our lives, let’s stay in step with the Spirit and let Him do His will, which is our sanctification – He is trying to help us.  He is doing a miraculous work of changing our fleshly phlegm into a fruit of the Spirit.  Let Him do it.  We will be in very good company while we are waiting on the Lord.  It is a well traveled road.

PRAYER: Father, thank you for the gift of waiting.  Use it in me to sanctify me.  Help me to wait well.  Amen


  1. Gosh. You are always so right on!! I just had this talk with a friend a couple nights ago, that the waiting period is when we are developed. I’m sure you’ve heard the story about P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens—if not, google the story!) In short, this man asked God to move a mountain and God told him that He would move this mountain but until He did, the man needed to try to push it out of his way. He couldn’t ever get it to budge even an inch. Finally, he was complaining to the Lord about it and how no progress had been made during the pushing (waiting) period. And God said, “Whoah, wait just a minute. Look at your arms. Look at the muscles in your legs. They’ve developed while you pushed. You’ve built character. You’ve grown. You are stronger than when you began.” And that’s what it’s all about. During that waiting period, we have to allow God to develop us. Thank you for sharing!!

    • That is a great analogy. Thank you for sharing it. It is a perspective that is so easy for us to over look.
      God Bless!

  2. […] HURRY UP AND WAIT – Jan. 13. […]

  3. A very wise post. The importance of patience, self control, and seeking strength from God. Waiting on him is very painful at times, but necessary for our own good. Thanks so much for this important reminder, and thank you for visiting my blog.

    • Amen! Thank you for your kind words and visting my blog. I appreciate your comments.
      God Bless!

  4. I really needed this post. I have been feeling impatient today, just done with waiting, while at the same time knowing full well that patience is a virtue. This was just what I needed to read to help me let go of some of the impatience. Thank you so much for this reminder about the importance of waiting.

    • I am so glad that God would use this post as a blessing and encouragement for you. Thank you so much for sharing your comments.
      God Bless!

  5. This is something that I am learning in my life as we speak. I’m not a good waiter either but God is teaching me that I need to trust his timing, not mine or the world’s. It’s nice to know that I’m in good company. I appreciate this. You’ve stated it so beautifully 🙂

    • Unfortunately, I think that waiting is a lesson that most of us have to periodically be re-taught, which is a bummer because it is not much fun.
      God Bless!

  6. This was so fantastic! It made me laugh out loud (lol), and was engaging, and dare I say, I learned something? I pray I did. I’m sure I get phlegmatic all too often, though I think in my case, it’s ‘spasmodic’. Also, thank you kindly for the visit, and likes. God bless, and have a wonderful week!

    • I am so glad that you found my site and enjoyed it.
      God Bless!

  7. Reblogged this on verawrites and commented:
    This could be THE motto for Christ followers – it seems like we are forever rebounding from one to the other. But our goal should be Paul-likeness: to learn to be content in all circumstances, to let the peace of Christ reign supreme, and to trust God because He knows best, His ways are not our ways but, unlike human beings (even the ones we love best) God will NEVER let us down. Praise Him!

  8. […] HURRY UP AND WAIT – Jan. 13. […]

    • Thanks for the reblog and kind words. I am glad this post could be a blessing.

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