“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Most of us don’t like waiting.
God gives us a promise, tells us He will provide, says He will pull through, provide for those bills, repair that relationship, answer that prayer, give us a better job, come through with that scholarship, protect our family, provide the funds for that mission trip or orphanage or home repair, bring that special someone, heal that wound, and then makes us wait.
Sometimes a day.
Sometimes a month.
Sometimes up to a year.
Or even longer.
The promise doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen, the circumstances tell us God changed His mind, the doors aren’t opening for our dream and we’re left wondering what to do next.
We pray for direction, and get silence.
We try to push forward, and encounter resistance.
We share our struggles, and are told to wait for His timing.
We cry out, try it make it work on our own and wonder if we even heard Him right in the first place.
It’s not always easy to know what to do in a season of waiting.
But when we find ourselves in the in-between, when we hear the promise and have yet to receive it, when we are in that season of waiting, we have a choice:
Be active in our waiting, or become lazy.
We can choose to push forward in passionately pursuing God, or pull away, thinking He’s done with us.
We can choose to continue doing what God called us to do, or sit on the couch until He reveals the next season.
We can choose to grow ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally, or do nothing.
But a season of waiting isn’t about laying around until something happens. It’s not about staying still until God moves. It’s not a time to sit on the couch, twiddle our thumbs and hope God will do something.
A season of waiting is about positioning ourselves to receive God’s promise.
It’s the time to get the schooling, send the resume, sit down with the accountant, open the business, start the non-profit, ask out the girl, share the dream, start the blog, make the connections, get involved in the church, join that small group, pursue God, and work through the flaws and faults and failures you carry around.
Because in order to receive the promise, in order to have the prayer answered, in order to see God move on your behalf, you have to be ready.
He can’t give you a job if you don’t send out a resume.
He can’t bring about that spouse if you aren’t seeking a relationship.
He can’t increase your influence, connect you with the right people, or grow your dream if you aren’t doing your part.
And so, my brothers and sisters, as you find yourself in the in-between, may you remember you have your part in a season of waiting. May you keep yourself from becoming lazy. And may you, as you journey towards receiving your promise, find yourself preparing for all God has for you.
How can you be active in your time of waiting?