Seasons of Waiting
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord says He has plans for us ALL, but we will not be given our purpose without going through a season of waiting and preparation.
Today I want to talk about when God calls us to wait.
If we look back in the bible, the great leaders where all called to wait on the Lord. They had seasons of waiting and preparation before they could be brought into their purpose and given their promise.
I believe during season of waiting, God is testing our faithfulness. In that season, He is preparing and molding us so we will be strong enough for what He calls us to do.
People who waited
Abraham and Sarah waited for a son
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Hebrews 6:15
Daniel waited for answered prayers
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:12
Moses lead Gods people while waiting
The LORD's anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone. Numbers 32:13
There are many more!
Every great leader in the bible had seasons of waiting on God. Even Jesus waited.
David, The king who was called the man after Gods heart, by the Lord himself, waited. I am so thankful that we have the story and the prayers of David.
David was anointed by God to become king at a young age, but did he go to be king right away? No, he went back to shepherd his fathers sheep where the Lord continued to prepare him. Plus there was already a king (Saul) who was a result of unwillingness to wait.
When we don't know what to do next we need to keep studyingGods word as we continue to listen to His voice (through His word). We must continue to take care of our responsibilities that God has given us. The way David did.
Not waiting means not trusting God
When we are not willing to wait, we often end up having to learn the hard way. We end up having consequences for thinking we knew what was best for us over what God knows what's best for us.
King Saul was a result of the peoples impatience when they demanded a king.
Now listen to them: but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do. 1 Samuel 8:6
When Samuel gave the people a long list of what will happen as a result (1 Samuel 8:10-18), they still insisted.
"NO" they said, "we want a king over us. Then we will be like all he other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 1 Samuel 8:19
They wanted a king to go before them and fight for them when God clearly tells us HE will do all that for us. They did not trust God and they did not acknowledge him.
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
Sometimes God doesn't readily give us what we want because He knows what our desires will cost us. He tried to warn His people, but gave them what they wanted to teach us ALL a lesson. God was preparing a king for them in the shepherds field, if only they waited.
Waiting and Enduring
Sometimes while we wait on God we will also have to endure hard times. In my season of waiting, I have endured hard moments, times of unfairness, and suffering. But God uses it all to mold us and prepare us if we allow Him to.
David also had years of waiting and enduring constant attacks before God could fulfill his purpose as king. Saul was ruthlessly coming after David out of pure jealousy. It became so bad that David fled, but during those dark times God chiseled Davids character.
Why We Must Wait
There is always a reason for why God does/allows things even when we do not understand. During the seasons of waiting, the Lord is doing work in us. Lets learn from David today, what waiting and trusting in the Lord can really do for us.
We discover Gods Love & faithfulness
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes with your hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures for ever- do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:7-8
We learn to lean on Him and only Him
Strangers are attacking me; ruthless men seek my life- men without regard for God. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:3-5
We are strengthened
When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted. Psalm 138:3
We learn to worship & praise
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations. I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 108:1, 3-4
We Learn to cry out
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2
To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Psalm 3:4
We feel His compassion
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:8-9
The bible tells us to wait on the Lord and trust Him. Will you wait?