Psalm 25:1(NKJV) To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor being idle, it takes discipline and commitment. I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.
Faith- The Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isa. 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, the Lord usually does things in a totally different way than we expect. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that God’s approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.
Humility- To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility, you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.
Patience- Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.
Courage- Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won’t go wrong.
Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular belief, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall divinely into place.
Advancing His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker
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