There is so much we can learn in times of waiting. Thankfully, we have examples of people in the Bible who waited for what was to come.
- Abraham waited over 25 years for the long-awaited promised son used to birth the nation of Israel.
- Joseph was betrayed and sold by his brothers and imprisoned for years.
- Nehemiah learned the walls of Jerusalem needed to be rebuilt to protect the city.
- The world waited for centuries for the Messiah to come.
Patience. Endurance. Words we prefer to avoid, especially when we are in the middle of situations that seem unending. It could be a time of preparation. Would our perspective change if we knew there was a purpose to these times of preparation?
- God promised Abraham a son, Isaac. Abraham waited patiently for his arrival.
- Joseph became the second in command in Egypt. God used that time to prepare Joseph to be instrumental to deliver people (including his family) during a famine.
- Nehemiah took initiative and made preparations to investigate and direct the people to rebuild the walls.
- The Messiah came over 2,000 years ago, and we now await His return.
How do we respond when we are in the waiting? Here are some encouraging words from Scripture as we find purpose in the waiting.
- Isaiah 40:31, AMP – As we wait for the Lord, we gain strength and renewed power. We rise toward God. We run and not grow weary, and walk and not become tired.
- Ecclesiastes 12:13, AMP – As we wait, “fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments.”
- Isaiah 26:3, AMP – As we focus on God, He gives perfect peace.
- Galatians 5:22-23, AMP – As we wait patiently, we demonstrate fruit of the Spirit.
Our Faith Connections Challenge: Examine the Scriptures, and prayerfully ask the Lord what may be the purpose of your time of waiting. Take a moment to listen to Hillsong’s “New Wine” with a heart of surrender. Be blessed!