“Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” – Psalms 25:3-5
When seeking God for instructions on a situation, the last thing we ever want to hear is “wait”. Yet it is in the waiting that true faith is expressed. There are times when God instructs us to take certain actions and this can be very difficult as they usually stand in direct opposition to the actions that our flesh wants to take. However, I have found the hardest obedience has not been that which God has told us to do, but that which He has told us not to do, or to wait on doing.
Waiting when God says wait (which very few actually do) shows true faith. It demonstrates that you truly do trust God’s wisdom, foresight, power, ability, and faithfulness above your own. This is the hardest test for anyone to pass and those who do are always counted by God as faithful, trusted, and friends.
We see it as a defining character in faithful Abraham, who after receiving the promise, wavered not in unbelief but waited 25 years for His promise to be fulfilled, being fully persuaded through it all that what God had promised He was able to deliver in the perfect way, at the perfect time. For this did God count him faithful, trustworthy, and a friend.
We see it in Joseph who after receiving his promise in a dream waited faithfully for about 20 years (part of it in prison) before he saw the fulfillment of that promise. For this he is counted of God, faithful, trustworthy, and a friend.
We see it in Moses who faithfully waited laboring in the wilderness for 40 years to see a generation brought to the land they were promised. Never wavering in faith for what lied ahead even when all else did and rose against him for it.
We see it in Noah who once being given the promise of salvation from a coming judgment, was faithful to hold on to that word and labor both building the ark and preaching righteousness to a world that did not want to hear it and only ridiculed him for it. Yet for about 100 years he was faithful to do this while he waited for God’s actions to validate his own because he was fully believed what God had spoken to him.
We see this in Job who sat in pain, brokenness, and torment refusing to give up on the faithfulness of God. He fully chose to put and leave his trust in Him alone against all advise and logic. Even through unimaginably painful trials and testings while all around him mocked, ridiculed, and blamed him for all the wrong being done to him. Yet he still put his trust in God and waited on the redemption of the Lord. He trusted that God’s eyes were always on the righteous and in the end, he was vindicated and received far more in reward for his faithfulness then he had ever lost.
Let’s face it, we see it in all the biblical patriarchs. This virtue of waiting in faith for God to fulfill His promises, enduring all manner of slander, malicious attacks, and persecution from both the enemy and all those around them. Yet it was their faithfulness to endure the waiting and choose to continue to trust God, no matter what, that set them apart from everyone else and gave them a special place in both God’s heart, and in history as He did indeed eventually reward their faithfulness greatly. When you prove your faithfulness to God, you can rest assured that He will prove His faithfulness to you. He will not leave you in shame, He will reveal, restore, fulfill, and so much more. So trust in the Lord, and wait for your reward.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalms 27:13-14