“Learning to wait well involves learning how to put into practice the everyday-ness of living as a child of God.”- Dr. Tony Evans
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes. wait for the LORD.”- Psalm 27:13-14 (NASB)
Dr. Tony Evans concludes Chapter 15 of Detours as he states there’s no one specific method for learning to wait well. However, generally speaking, waiting on the Lord means you don’t go outside of God to fix your issue. Dr. Evans compares waiting on the Lord to a farmer waiting for rain. The author writes:
“Just as a farmer must wait for the rains and the soil to produce the growth of a seed, we must also wait for the Lord to produce within us and through us the purpose He intends.”
In contrast, Dr. Evans notes, there’s one surefire way to know you still need to perfect the art of waiting. That indicator- when you exhibit a complaining spirit. Tony explains:
“A person who had a complaining spirit — someone who has a pattern of whining about a situation or about God — is not waiting well.”
Complaining reveals a lack of faith, a heart seeking a solution more than the lesson on the journey to the solution.
In conclusion, delays don’t always require intervention. Often God uses delays as teaching points or to first receive something from Him. Therefore, we also wait in obedience. For even though God seems silent, He’s not still.
Today’s question: What Bible verses support you in learning to wait well? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Negative potential in your experience”