Why Wait?

The reality of waiting is that it’s an expression of God’s goodness not empirical evidence against it. He is wise and loving. His timing is always right, and his focus isn’t so much on what you will experience and enjoy, but on what you will become. He is committed to using every tool at his disposal to rescue you from yourself and to shape you into the likeness of his Son. The fact is that waiting is one of his primary shaping tools. – Paul Tripp

Do you know how long did Abraham waited when God told him that he would be a father to a great nation? He waited twenty-four years. Do you know how long the Israelites waited for God to deliver them out of Egypt? They waited four-hundred years. Do you know how long the Israelites wandered in the wilderness before entering the promise land? They wandered for forty years. In the Old Testament it says “wait on the Lord” for forty-three times. I pray God will keep you and give you the grace to wait. Todd Turner puts it well:

What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we’re waiting for. Paul says while we’re waiting for God to set everything right, we suffer. But suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. God is producing these qualities in us while we wait. What that means is that biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.


About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

3 Responses to Why Wait?

  1. Brian says:

    and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
    Hope and wait!
    Great post.

  2. Marc Mullins says:

    Yet another convicting reminder of our need to realize our lack of wisdom and selfishness in our desires as it relates to the overarching sovereign plan of God.

    Impossible to appreciate without the grace of God in today’s microwave generation.

  3. KBCLifeU says:

    Well said Marc!

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