Some months ago, I asked God for something. For reasons best known to God, I had to wait for four months to get that which on a normal day shouldn’t take me more than a month. That period was quite trying and I really didn’t get it because left to me, it was a small matter and to my God, it was nothing. So I kept wondering and saying, “Baba God, how far sir?” I kept praying and saying, “God, your will be done…” In reality, though, I had exactly what I wanted, imprinted in my heart. So when I prayed for God’s will as it were, it was actually me asking for that which my heart desired…. (This is another issue)
I learned a lot of lessons during that period.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:9
First of all, waiting is actually very normal in the kingdom. Have you ever paused to ask yourself why God had to make Abraham wait for decades before He gave him Isaac? Really, why so long?
Even King David waited too. After he had been anointed the king, he had to wait for so many years before it came to pass. Joseph, one of the fine-looking men in the Bible (Don’t look at me like that, the bible said so. Lol!) also had to wait. Even after the promised dream, he waited a while and went through several not-so-cool phases before the manifestation of that which God had promised … and the list is endless.
So for the man in Christ, waiting isn’t new or shouldn’t be new. Much more important than the fact that you are waiting on God is what you do while in the waiting room.
God has a plan for each of His children. These plans have their timelines (according to God) but because we don’t see things as God sees them, what we expect is oftentimes different – hence the ‘wait’ And if we are to be really sincere with ourselves, we’d agree that it isn’t the absence of what we are waiting for that makes the wait so difficult. It is most times the expectations we have beforehand – our own timetable.
What we don’t realize though is that a lot of times when God makes us wait, it is to build character. I believe a lot of what made King David succeed during his time was gained as he waited. This includes the skills, human resource (his soldiers and other loyal people) and even his faith in God. The same applies to us even today. After what I prayed for finally came through, I was thankful for the wait even though it was short (although in my mind it was so long) because now I could see things more clearly. I gained so much along the way that if I could choose again, I would choose to wait. Now, some months back that would have sounded very unpleasant in my ears, but the wait helps us see more clearly.
Many times, God uses the waiting period to prepare us for the promise. He builds in us, faith, patience, capacity and all that we’d need to succeed when the promise is fulfilled. And we never would be able to last long in the promised land if we don’t go through the waiting period.
A lot of times, we think we have waited enough and are ready and God still makes us wait longer. Humanly speaking, it doesn’t make sense. And truly it can’t! Because God’s ways are higher than ours, His thoughts and ours are definitely different. God sees the end from the start (we obviously don’t) so He knows just what He is doing.
One thing is common though to all those that waited and that is the fact that God had told/shown them something. It was unto that thing they held on to whilst they waited. So, when things don’t go your way and you are forced to wait, encourage yourself in the Lord. If God has said it, trust Him enough to know that irrespective of how many years it takes, it would surely come to pass.
We find rest when we choose to believe the fact that if God has said it, no matter how long the wait is, He will surely bring it to pass.
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Habakkuk 2:3 – “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry…”