The word wait is used well over 100 times in Scripture. The fruit of the spirit associated with waiting is patience, which is written about over 35 times. Given this wide topical coverage in The Bible, we should not be surprised if we spend a good part of our lives waiting on Him.
Perhaps we are reminded to be patient and to wait so much because it can be difficult. Take heart! Scripture recognizes how hard waiting can be and encourages us many ways. Victorious waiting is all in our hearts and minds. Here are some things to do.
1. Be confident that what happens will be worth waiting for. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
2. Be confident that God’s goodness will shine through when your prayers are answered. King David did just that in Psalm 27:13-14; “I remain confident of this; I will take heart and wait for the Lord.”
3. Expect to be blessed for waiting. Isaiah 30:18 says, “For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
4. Remember that it is not over until it is over. Even if it seems that justice is not being done and your prayers and waiting are in vain, God is faithful. Psalm 37:7 says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
5. You are not alone as you wait. Psalm 33:20 tell us “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” Not only is God with us, but He helps and protects us as we wait. And our waiting should be done “in hope!”
6. Expect to regain your strength and run! Isaiah 40:31 promises, “but they who wait for 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.” Times of transition can be draining. Remember that your time of waiting will end, and your strength will be renewed!
7. Don’t try to figure everything out. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Wait and trust and He will work it all out.
8. Be open to the end product looking different than you anticipated. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God explains; “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” God may have something better than you imagined in store for you!
9. Be thankful and worship and praise God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is important to thank Him for what He has already done, is currently doing and has promised yet to do.
10. Wait in perfect peace. Isaiah 26:3 promises, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” This promise will keep us from rushing ahead of God, from striving when things seem unchanged in the natural, and all there is left to do is wait. The secret is trusting that He loves you and has good for you.
Remember that in any situation, you are not the only player. God has to line up the events and attitudes in the lives of everyone concerned with and involved in your future, in order for His will to be done. None of us live in a vacuum. Even when nothing seems to be happening, He is working on our behalf. And Scripture tells us ahead of time, when we have submitted to God's perfect will, the results will be worth the wait!