Why must I wait on God? – Part 1

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”   ~Psalm 27:14

Waiting might just be the most difficult part of faith for us impatient humans; it certainly is for me. I can have faith like crazy, trust God in every part of my life, my money, my marriage, my health, and even my kids —but accepting God’s timing—that’s a whole different story!  

I truly do love Jesus with all of my heart, but wait?—utter torture to me! Nevertheless, what other choice is there? I’ve spent the majority of my life forcing fate— inevitably it always ended badly.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.”   ~Psalm 130:5

I have finally learned to wait, and in so doing I seem to have developed the ability to actually possess true patience. I’ve finally learned that His timing is always better than mine—by patiently waiting I will get the very best outcome, and that makes the act of waiting so much easier!

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”   ~Psalm 40:1-2


A pastor once told me a very interesting thing about finding God’s will. He told me to just step out in faith and let God lead. He then made this most incredible comparison; he said, “You can't steer a car if it isn't moving, right?”  I stood there thinking about the wheels on a car and how turning them doesn’t change the direction you’re going if the car isn’t rolling.

Yes, we must be in motion for God to lead us, but we all too often try to chart our own course, and that's what get's us into trouble. We want to lead rather than being led. 

Yep, we must move in faith, take the proverbial leap of faith! The book of James clearly points out, "Faith without works is dead”. . . which simply means, if you really believe, you will have to move and go forward in faith! 

If I believe the Bible, truly believe that God is in control and that He knows everything and only wants the very best for me, I must act accordingly. I must totally surrender, not only to His will, but to His timing as well because that is the only real proof of my faith. 

This means, in every pain-filled delay we are actually waiting for God in one way or another. Yes, the expression “waiting upon the Lord” applies to seeking guidance from God or an answer to a prayer . . .  but it can also mean so much more when you remember that He is in control of everything!

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   ~Isaiah 40:31

But I hate waiting . . . !

Learning to wait is so very important in our Christian walk because until we develop patience, we’ll never be able to walk in obedience to God, have an effective prayer life, or experience the peace of resting in His loving care. We must learn to trust His judgment, not just about the big events in our lives, but the little ones as well. If we learn to trust Him wholly, we will accept that each delay has a reason—each detour, a purpose.

“Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, why do those who know Him see not His days?”   ~Job 24:1

I love this verse because it’s the essence of my impatience. The last part of it, why do those who know Him see not His days, simply means, not accept His timing. Why if I really know and trust God do I not trust His timing as well? If I trust that He knows what He’s doing, why then is it so difficult to trust in His timing?

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  ~Isaiah 40:31

Q:  Are you ready to accept God's timing?

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You might say that I was a rather late spiritual bloomer, tripping my way into the Lord's arms not all that long ago. Nevertheless, I've been on the fast track ever since through a decade of Bible study courses and daily devotion. Changing careers a few years back and becoming a published author of Christian motivational books, leading to spiritual children's books and now this blog.

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