I think we can all agree that waiting is hard to do, especially when you know that at the end of the waiting period is something exciting! There are many places in Scripture that instruct us to wait on God, be patient and He’ll give us all that we deserve and the greatest desires of our hearts.
“My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. My hope comes from Him.”
~Psalm 62:5 (NLV)
“I wait for the Lord. My soul waits and I hope in His Word. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than one who watches for the morning; yes, more than one who watches for the morning.”
~Psalm 130:5-6 (NLV)
“But as for me, I will watch for the Lord. I will wait for the God Who saves me. My God will hear me.”
~Micah 7:7 (NLV)
… and those are just a few of those “wait on God” references!
The one that is sticking with me though, is this one. It doesn’t specifically tell us to “wait,” but instead to “trust” and “delight” in the Lord. The Message translation even tells us to “Get insurance with God.”
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
~Psalm 37:3-4 (NKJV)
Three things come to mind that I want to touch on in this post. A couple of which Sammy Adebiyi brought up in the sermons I listened to last night. “The Bachelor and the Bachelorette Part 1: The Weight of the Wait” and “The Bachelor and the Bachelorette Part 2: What is Love?” (They can be found here: http://sammyadebiyi.com/audio-messages)
1) Waiting in motion-
“Trust in the Lord, and do good…” The Lord doesn’t want us to sit around and do nothing as we wait for Him to move in our lives. He wants us to be active as we wait. Get involved, volunteer, make connections with others. Sitting around in your pajamas, eating oreos and watching Netflix isn’t the best way to find the person you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with! (I know the context of this Scripture has a much deeper meaning, but we can apply it to this too.)
2) Even Adam had to wait! (He also did so actively.)
Genesis 2:15-22- (NIV)
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs[b]and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man.”
Adam had to keep busy while he waited for a helper. When the Lord realized that Adam hadn’t found one suitable from the animals, He put Adam to sleep and created Eve. More waiting! From the beginning of the human race, we’ve had to wait on God to put the right person in our lives. It may not be easy, but…
3) The wait is worth it!
One day, you’ll find someone who loves Jesus tons more than they love you, someone who will lift you up to God and support you in all of your life’s adventures. You’ll bring each other closer to Christ, love on His people, and make a difference in the lives of others. All because you waited on God to put the right person in your life! Wouldn’t it be so much better if when that right person comes into your life, it won’t be at a point when you’ve dated a ton of different people? Had your heart broken and repaired time and time again? Save yourself and your love, and sacrifices for the person God has saved for you!
“Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart’s desires…”