The Only Two Reasons God is Making You Wait…
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habukkuk 2:3
I’ve been spending the last few days reflecting on this year and after looking at everything that happened I realized that 2015 has been FULL of waiting. Waiting is something we do everyday, sometimes multiple times a day and yet still have an issue with it when it comes to God. During my prayer time about the things I’m waiting for, God reminded me of Habukkuk 2:3 and since I was encouraged, I felt I should do the same for you. Without delving too far into what I’ve already written in my book about the subject, I wanted to encourage my readers with a blog on the only two reasons God is making you wait.
1. One of the reasons God could be making you wait is because He’s preparing you for the promise. Let’s face it, sometimes we’re just not ready. We need to develop in forgiveness before He sends a spouse, we need to develop our patience before He grants us children, we need to develop in faithfulness before He releases us into ministry. Instead of focusing on the time that is passing, focus on what you are doing with that gift of time. What can you work on? What areas do you need growth in? You’re worried about a wife/husband, a house, a car, a ministry, and God is concerned about YOU. Maturity says I’m willing to wait because I know that God is working on me and I need to be ready for the promise when it comes.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2. The second or only other reason you may find yourself in a season of waiting is that God is preparing the promise for you. Like an airplane that’s due to land at it’s destination, preparations must be made on the ground before it comes in for landing. The pilot doesn’t just get to land when he/she arrives and feels like they’re ready. There are other planes and passengers affected by when and how the landing takes place. The runway must be clear, air traffic controllers in place, the gate has to be open, luggage carriers ready, etc. There are many moving pieces in life and God is orchestrating them for everyone on this Earth to experience the same goodness you hope to receive. Maybe you’re in a holding pattern and it isn’t you; the Lord is just preparing the ground for your arrival. In this case, even more reason to be encouraged, your time of manifestation is sooner than you think.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)
So I’m sure you’re thinking, how do you know these are the ONLY two reasons we are waiting? Good question. Because of this verse:
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 (NKJV)
If you’re waiting on a promise from God to manifest, the answer is already Yes and Amen. Anything God has not specifically promised to you and through His Word is not the subject matter here. A promise is God’s method of assuring us that something will be done. Not may, or could or might be done, but absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt WILL be done. The common misconception is that we’re waiting because God is trying to decide if we deserve it or if we’ve earned it, but according to the Word He already said yes. And if we know that something WILL be done then we shouldn’t question the details, but rather trust that if it hasn’t happened yet then either ‘we’ or ‘it’ are still in preparation.
Patience is tough but so necessary when walking with the Lord. I challenge you to join me in endeavoring to be more patient. To trust God more and worry about timing less. It may seem like the vision is not moving forward but God tells us in Habukkuk 2:3 that it will come at the appointed time. God’s timing is perfect, the question is…are you willing to wait?
For more insight into what is happening during your season of waiting, check out my book While You Wait… available as both paperback and ebook through the links on my homepage.