The waiting is the hardest part..

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you could taste it..but you had to WAIT?

Have you ever been told that someone has a surprise for you..but you had to WAIT to get it?

Have you ever knocked a job interview outta the park..but then had to sit and WAIT to hear if you got the job?

Have you ever prayed, and prayed, and prayed for something..but it seems like God is saying, “WAIT” (or worse yet, He seems silent?)

As Tom Petty says, “the waiting is the hardest part.”

I am an impatient man. I know what I want. And I want it now. To wait seems like a waste of time. Sure, I like to know all the facts and do my research..but when its time to act, I want to move. And yet, so often, I sense God is telling me to “wait.”

There is wisdom in waiting. No, its not easy. But rarely is the wise choice, the easy choice.

And can’t we all look back and see how rushing into something cost us..

  • financially?
  • emotionally?
  • relationally?

In 1 Samuel 13, King Saul had a choice to make. Facing the army of the Philistines who “outnumbered the grains of sand on the seashore” and watching his own troops cower and slip away, Saul made a bold move. Rather than be patient and wait for Samuel to arrive and offer the sacrifices to God (which was HIS role), Saul took matters into his own hands and offered prayers and burnt offerings to the Lord. This was disobedience.

I mean, it seemed like a good plan.

The troops were abandoning him.

Surely God would hear his prayers and accept his offerings.

Doesn’t God want this for him?

The waiting is indeed the hardest part. The prophet Isaiah offers us a bit of solace,

But they that WAIT upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

  • renewed strength
  • freedom like that of a soaring eagle
  • walking and running and never tiring

all if we just WAIT on the Lord.

How is God asking you to wait right now?

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