I am not a patient person. I can remember so many times when I was excited about something as a kid, and I believed that I would go crazy if I had to wait much longer. As I’ve gotten older, the things that make me excited have changed, but my mindset hasn’t changed much. I still struggle to patiently wait for the things I want.
God has really been convicting me of my need to wait patiently for Him. In Psalm 130:5 it says, “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Our heart, our attitude, our desires, our everything is to be waiting on God. This doesn’t mean that we kick back and relax while we hope to hear something soon. We are not told to sit and do nothing until we feel like we are moving forward again. We are called to pursue His heart and serve Him in the day-to-day moments while we seek His guidance. We are to be actively seeking Him and patiently trusting his timing on our lives, knowing that He has us right here, right now, for a purpose that is beyond what we can imagine. Times of waiting are the perfect opportunity to draw near to the heart of God and be fully present where He has us. As His children, we are called to live a life of surrender and obedience to God’s will and direction, and even if we feel like we are not moving forward, it is never backwards to draw closer to Him. In this season of waiting, we should want nothing more than to seek an even deeper relationship with our Father.
We are called to wait patiently on God, and we are also called to be content in every circumstance. I believe the two go hand in hand. This is the part that is really hard for me. How do we stay content when things seem to be going all wrong? Contentment isn’t being happy when things are going right. Contentment is the conscious choice to focus on God, praise Him for His provision, and decide every day that we will be completely satisfied in Him, no matter what. We are not told to question his goodness, mope around until things get better, or take matters into our own hands when they don’t go how we think they should. We are told to seek Him now, and choose to rejoice in Him in this exact place that He has us, completely surrendered and content with His guidance and direction.
We have been given so many beautiful promises from God to carry with us through tough situations in our lives. He has promised to provide for our needs (Philippians 4:19), cover us with his protection (Psalm 91:4), never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), give us wisdom (James 1:5), and fulfill His perfect plan for our lives (Philippians 1:6). Something I have come to realize is that God is the only one who can both make those promises and follow through. There are plenty of things in this world that offer happiness and satisfaction, but they always, always fall short. One of the beautiful things about God is that not only does he make promises, he fulfills those promises. He has fulfilled them all, time and time again. As his children, it is our responsibility to rest in those promises and to wait on Him in obedience and faith, knowing full well that He has begun a good work and He will bring it to completion.
Maybe you are in a season of waiting as well. Maybe you feel stuck in a cycle of discontentment with where you are and maybe you fear what could happen in the future. But if you take anything away from this, know that God is completely in control and completely good. No matter what you may be feeling, that will never change. Let’s rest in that promise today, and wait on God with confidence in His sovereignty and His love.