7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. Psalm 37:7-8
Ever notice how some teenagers will ask a question but then rush out the door before you can respond? We act the same way toward God when we don't wait on Him. We need several things in order to develop a lifestyle of waiting on the Lord.
First, we need faith. We must be willing to trust God when a solution isn't obvious and we can't see a way through our struggles. Meditating on and applying Scripture to life's trials will result in a stronger faith (Romans 10:17).
Second, we need humility to develop a lifestyle of waiting on God. We must recognize that we can not accomplish anything apart from Jesus. That realization will empower us to wait until God reveals His answer (John 15:5). God's ways are always perfect, and our cleverest plan will always be inadequate.
Third, we need patience in order to wait on God. Patience is characterized by a calm demeanor and inner peace. Both come from believing that God is who He says He is and that He'll fulfill His promises. With the Holy Spirit's help, we'll face stressful circumstances without complaining. We'll also accept life's challenges without trying to manipulate our way out.
Fourth, we need courage to wait on God. The desire to be in control is part of our human nature. We want to know the outcome and timeline of every difficult situation. We need courage to resist following our own schedule and the ability to refuse giving in to pressure from others.
With the Holy Spirit's help, we can hold steady when others disapprove of our decision to wait on God. Wisdom and godly action come through seeking the Father and His will. Quiet your heart and mind, and listen to what He has to say.
Thank You, Lord for Your promises! Help me find the courage to wait on You instead of following my own schedule. Teach me to resist the temptation of giving in to the pressure that others may put on me. Give me open ears and a quiet spirit, so that I may hear what You are saying. In Jesus' Name~Amen