Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

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How to be still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

Many of us don’t have patience. This is something that God has been working on with me lately. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me to be patient and I remember that in the end everything will turn out beautifully. Other times I want answers right now, I want results without working for it, and I want things my way on my time.

Fortunately for us, God works his way on his time. When we are waiting it doesn’t seem like his way is always best or that his timing is perfect because we wanted it done yesterday.

When we ask God for answers he answers in different ways: Yes, no, not yet, and silence. Read my post “Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer” to learn more about our prayers being answered.

When God tells us not yet or is silent we need to be patient. He has a purpose for our patience. The end result will be more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold the judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:7-11

God’s way and timing is perfect. When we are still and wait on God we are letting him know that we fully trust him. His timing is perfect and our timing is sloppy.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you tried to rush God and worried about his timing? How did it turn out? We tend to worry over nothing. God tells us not to worry because he knows that our situations are under control and they will turn out way better than we trust they will.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Everything God has us wait for turns out to be beautiful. The end result is always worth the wait.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God is patient with us and knows when we are ready for his promises to be fulfilled. We need to be patient with God knowing that his time is perfect. When the time is right his promises will be fulfilled as it is written. God is patient with us, shouldn’t we be patient with him as well?

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

When we wait patiently for God he will listen and hear our plea, our prayers. We just need to wait patiently for his response, understand his response, and not fight his answer.

When we pray to God we need to hand everything over to him. We can’t pray and keep to ourselves what we prayed about, we need to lay it at his feet and keep it there. Don’t pick it back up and carry that burden on your shoulders, let God take it and carry it for you.

Then, wait and be patient for God to take care of the situation or to give you the answer you are seeking. We can’t rush God or his timing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to keep walking toward that light and know that God is carrying us the whole way. He has had this situation in control before we knew it existed, before the situation arose. God already took care of it and he is victorious.

Once you get your answer thank God for giving you the answer, whether it was what you wanted to hear or not. God answered your prayer and his answer is perfect. If it wasn’t the answer you were looking for, just know that God always has a perfect plan. His answer was for a purpose. God protects us and always wants what is best for us.

Sincerely Silver

Our timing isn’t God’s timing. He could be wanting you to be still and wait on him. He could be telling you to take this time to rest. He could be teaching you to be patient or to trust in him. Pray and ask God to show you what you should be learning in this time of waiting. Then, thank him for the wait, the lesson, and his answer.

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