Have you ever wanted something so bad you wished it could jump into your arms right away?
You feel your world closing in and your soul crumbling.
You feel your life will go under if you don't get this thing now, now, now.
If you don't get married this year, you feel you will crawl to your death bed.
If you don't get your own financial establishment soon, you feel your world had better be over.
If you don't get that apartment, have that person for a spouse, get healed soon, or gain that admission… then all hope will be lost.
To make matters worst, when you raise the matter with God (because you're a Christian who just wants to walk with God), He tells you to wait.
Really? Wait? I mean, who does that, in the middle of so much heat and tension and a break-neck desire to see your desires fulfilled?
It feels so urgent to you. And yet it doesn't seem so urgent to God. Why is that?
1. Because He Knows All
Think of a Father Who knows exactly what you need before you asked Him (Matt. 6:8, 32). Think of a Father Who knows your very thoughts before you've imagined them (Ps. 139:1-2, John 2:24-25, 2 Kings 19:27).
Imagine a Father Who understands every single meaning of your sigh. Who understands the deepest feeling you may have. And Who knows exactly where those feelings are coming from; what is spurring them. (Hosea 5:3, Job 24:1, Ps. 139:15)
Thus, you will know God is a Father Who knows that what is urgent for you isn't really, in the real sense, urgent. What you urgently need to have now isn't quite as urgent as you think it is.
So, because God is not a man that He should flock in your direction, He won't respond to your matter in the manner of urgency you accord it (Zech. 8:6). Yet, He readily understands what you're going through (Lam. 3: 31-33, Ps. 55:22,1 Pet. 5:7AMP). And He wants the best for you.
He could do whatever you want immediately. But if He asked you to wait, know that He knows something you don't and He is planning something beyond your wildest imagination (Isa. 55:8-9, Eph. 3:20)
2. Because He Is Training You
Has God asked you to wait? Consider yourself fortunate (Job 5:17CEV). He has chosen to treat you like a son (Gal. 4:1).
You see, a child will almost always get what she asks for. But will never get all the responsibilities and privileges available to an adult. But a son? Oh, he would enjoy all the privileges prepared for him; including the responsibilities attached to being a son.
If you ever, at a point in your life, prayed and desired earnestly that God would use you, He would begin immediately to treat you like a son.
That means, you stop being a "Jimmy" whose only cry always is "Give Me". And you start to trust God to give you what He wants to give you when He wants to give you (Eccl. 3:11a). At this point, "waiting patiently" is part of the training God will use to raise you up as a son (Heb. 12:7-11, Heb. 5:8).
Do you want this? Do you want to become a son? Then you can learn to appreciate God's method for training you; which is "waiting". (1 Cor. 10:13, 2 Cor. 4:17, Heb. 5:8)
3. Because He Loves You, Knows You, and Has What's Best For You
Hold on a moment! Do you know what's behind your back, without you looking? Can you see two streets away from where you are right now? Can you fathom what your tomorrow will be like, even though you may have scribbled your life plan somewhere?
You can't, uhn? Great. Now God is a Know-All, See-All, Do-All. Amazing! And what's most interesting is: He is your Father (Matt. 6:8, 7:11, Gal. 3:26, 1 John 3:1-2, John 17:23). If you're a father, you probably know you doubly want what's good for your children.
It's the same with God. If He could give His life again, and righteously so, just to make you happy, He will. If He could give His Son, Jesus Christ, again and again, just to have you to Himself, He will (Rom. 4:25, 5:8, Isa. 53:5, Luke 7:42, Rom. 8:32).
If He could give His life for you, you can be sure He will not hold anything back from you (Rom. 8:32, Matt. 7:7-8). So He isn't asking you to wait because He delights in punishing you. He is asking you to wait because He has something far greater planned for you.
Okay. Think about it: has there ever been a point in your life when you expected God to show up and He didn't. But when He finally did, He blew your mind with what He did?
Alas! He made Ephesians 3:20 to happen to you. And, He wants to make it happen to you again and again and again and again and…Blessed God, again!
Wait for Him. Delight in Him. And enjoy the wait.
He will show up for you. And…
He will NEVER be late.
Prayer: LORD, in this season of waiting, please teach me to humble myself before You; to seek You diligently and delightedly, and to quietly and patiently wait for Your time which is always perfect, beautiful, and never late. In Jesus name. Amen.