Waiting is not Wasting I
TEXT: Psalm 27: 13 - 14
As I was going through the most depressive moment of my life, anxious and desperate for a relief - this phrase "I can't wait…" was always on my lips everyday until I got this divine revelation about waiting.
WAIT! Is one of the common answers that Christians can get from God for their requests? You say "What do you mean?" I mean a lot of times when you ask God for something (A job, a wife, a husband, a child, healing, release from prison, a new house, a new car, etc.) the answer you are likely to get is "WAIT!"
Wait does not mean No! Wait means Yes! You'll get it but not right now. It means Yes! I will, but I have something better for you. It means Yes! But at the right time. God wants you to wait just like you tell someone to wait or someone tells you to wait. But there is a big difference in waiting on the Lord and waiting on men.
David said "I would have lost heart…". Oh yes, I would have said "forget it", I would have given up, I would have committed suicide, I would have asked for divorce from troubled home, I would have quit my job as no promotion or a raise is forthcoming. This is the main reason why many people cannot wait - "They loose heart".
You just can't see it coming - you lose heart. There is no end to the tunnel - you lose heart. The pain is unbearable - you lose heart. The circumstance is getting worse - you lose heart.
David said, "I would have lost heart but thank God I did not, because I believe!" David was surrounded by enemies hunting for his life, the powers that were greater than him, there was no way of escape. But David did not give up - "He believed". He believed in the source of his goodness - the Lord. He believed that God will save him for a purpose. He believed, therefore, he could wait on the Lord.
Who are you waiting on? The Lord or a Man? Do you believe in whom you are waiting on? If you go to the bank and you know you will get what you want, you will definitely wait. If you cannot believe God, you cannot wait on Him. See Heb 10:23 (… He who promised is faithful). God is faithful. If He promised, He will surely fulfill.
Why do we have to wait on the Lord? Or why does God always want us to wait? I
have been able to come up with four reasons why God will want you to wait:
1. "There is reformation in waiting". See Romans 5:3-4 "…
tribulations produce perseverance and … hope". See also Job 23:10 "…
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold". Waiting tests your
perseverance and your perseverance establishes your faith. God will never
entrust His kingdom to anyone that cannot persevere. So when you ask God for
anything, He needs you to wait, to reform you to the right person that deserves
what you are asking for. Think about it, if you have spent so much money on
medicals trying to have a child and you finally succeed after a long wait, I bet
you'll cherish that precious gift of God more than anything in the world. God
will not set you free from prison if He knows that you are not ready to live
your free life for Him. Job said, "…I shall come forth as gold."
When you wait on the Lord, you will definitely come forth as gold. I really
don't know what you are going through right now, but what I know is that you are
being prepared and reformed for the best of your life - "so be of good
courage". I have been there, I'm not telling you what I think, and I'm
telling you what I know.
2. There is a lesson for you to learn while you wait: Jesus said -
"whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight" -- Matt
10:27. Paul said "… Everywhere and in all things, I have learned to be
full and to be hungry - Phil 4:12. Our waiting in time is always a dark time.
When all hope is lost, forsaken by friends, homeless, broke and sick. But I tell
you if you are truly waiting on the Lord, you will learn so much that you will
need when the dawn is here. There are lots of things that God will want you to
learn while waiting. You must pay attention to those things. I tell you, what
Joseph the son of Jacob learned in Potiphar's house (Gen 39:5) as a slave and
what he learned in the prison (Gen 39:22) as a prisoner, he used to his
excellence when he became Egypt's prime minister. I believe you know the
difference between a slave, a prisoner and a Prime Minister. Whatever state of
mind you are right now, whatever status of life, remember what you learn,
because you will need them when God exalts you to the highest position of joy
and peace. "Don't waste your wait, it is a blessing".
3. God is preparing you as a testimony of His greatness: "…That you
may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful
light. I Peter 2:9 (NIV) See Is 43:10 and Romans 4:21-23. God is able to do all
things, when He wants and how He wants. When you are waiting, you at times take
your sight off Jesus and start to lean on your own understanding. You pay the
best lawyers for your case and see the best doctors for your sickness, but when
all these things fail, He (God) will show up with His supernatural power, for
you to know that He is God and His glory He will share with no one. God can make
you the Sarah and Abraham of our time, He can make you an Israelite by the Red
Sea, if he wants He can make you the Joseph. Then your testimony will be written
in the hearts of men who will praise God with you and acknowledge His awesome
power. That is why you are not getting what you want right now, so that the
doctor will not think he did it, or your friends or your money or your lawyer.
It is going to be nothing but God, through Christ Jesus.
4. God will not take you out of it! He will take you through: "When you pass through the waters I will be with you." Is 43:2. If you have your Bible, please read the above text completely for you to see why you have no reason not to wait when God says wait. I would have expected God to say, "I will take you out, instead of "I will be with you". Yes! God is with you as you go through what you are going through. It is a journey that will come to an end, but God is with you. You remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Dan 3:24) they were thrown into a fiery furnace, but Christ was with them. Christ is with you right now and that is why you have not lost your mind in this time of trouble. However, if you don't surrender to Him, you will have to go through it by yourself and that will be an endless journey. Tell Him, "I know you want me to wait in this furnace, I need you to be with me so that it will not burn me". So many men and women have given up their lives when crises struck because they had no Christ to carry them through. You will need Him for you cannot do it by yourself.
I will stop here for now, but before I stop, I will like to pray with you, to bring before God your problems and to invite Him to your life to be able to wait. Let's pray:
Our father in Heaven, with praise and adoration we come before you,
Reader, stand encouraged for after every darkness, there is light. In the coming study, I will discuss what you need to be able to wait and what you cannot do while you wait on the Lord!
If you have any questions or prayer requests, you me send me an email (email@example.com) and I will pray for you in the name of Jesus. If we have any prophesy for you while we pray for you, we will bring God's response to you as soon as possible.
Till then, stay blessed!
For the Celestial Church of Christ Gospel Corner, Senior Evangelist Victor Aigbogun [Victory Temple, London]
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