“I would have given up, except that I 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
Oh the dreaded season of waiting, how we hate it. Yet how we eventually grow to so deeply appreciate it. You see, God will often give you a promise, a destination, land to be taken, and an inheritance in His Kingdom. We thank Him, then immediately start trying to figure out ways to take it, or make it happen. All the while He is saying, “wait”.
Oh, if we could learn what David mastered, the art of “waiting on the Lord.” However, we often have to learn it the same way he did, in a cave or wilderness season. Where the promise seems to be taken and thrown a million miles away. He was promised kingship, but got a wilderness. Joseph was promised Lordship but got a prison. Abraham was promised fruitfulness but got barrenness. The faith for the promise is always tested in the waiting, but it’s more then that.
You see, there are three main things that can only be accomplished in the waiting, because it takes time for fruit to ripen.
These three things are:
It’s all about producing good fruit, because the fruit contains the seed, which is the reproduction of the tree. If you don’t produce good fruit (the fruit of the Spirit), you will end up reproducing trees (people) that produce bad fruit (the fruits of the flesh) who will continue to reproduce it in others. And we know that Jesus said that every tree which produces not, good fruit will be hewn down and cast into the fire (hell).
The waiting is where you patiently learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes through mistakes, and sometimes through victories. It’s were we learn the hard lessons that are best learned when no one is looking, rather then when we are trying to lead others ahead of our season. It’s where we are purged, and pruned, and learn in the seeking. It’s where we also see the damage caused when we fail to do so. It’s where we learn to follow His leading.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” – John 10:27
The Holy Spirit is the root and we are the tree. If we are connected to a Holy Root then we will produce Holy fruit (Character), which can then be fit to carry the seed (word) to be planted in new ground (people and places). This spiritually fulfills the first commission given to man in the garden to “be fruitful and multiply and subdue the land”. This is also why Jesus said that the only way to know what root (Spirit) a person is led by is to examine the fruit (character), because there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Therefore if someone is led by a Holy root (the Holy Spirit), they will produce Holy fruit (selfless, righteous, Godly character; or the fruits of the Spirit). But if they are being led of an unholy root (an unholy / unclean spirit) they will produce unholy (or bad) fruit (the fruits of the flesh). There is no other evidence to determine that a man is led of the Holy Spirit, than Holiness.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” – Galatians 5:19-24
It is in this time of waiting that we learn how to get connected to Him and draw from that Holy root. We also learn the lesson and tactics of the enemy that will one day be used to lead others away from the fake and into the truth, because we took the time to get to know the truth by getting to know the one who is the truth and is the only way to attain truth, the very Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” – John 16:13
Oh how when we receive the seeds of truth we believe that we are ready to be used. But the fruits are not produced in the same season that the seed is planted. There is maturing that must come in the waiting. Yes there will be growth, but in the early years of a tree most of it’s growth is underground, in the unseen. It has to gain some reach and stability, it needs a steady access to the deep waters to sustain it in the season of fruitfulness that is coming.
Yes, there are things that He will call you to do in order to teach and to stretch you, but be more willing to dig your roots down deep (even if no one sees your growth) then to stand tall and reach high; or the first big storm that comes will knock you down. Or worse yet, your fruit will come, and not having deep roots, will be small, dry, and empty; unable to feed those who came to receive of it. I think that maturity comes when we finally grow to see ourselves as we really are, rather then the way we think we are; and that brings a humbling, a changing, a breaking, a mercy, a great-fullness, a compassion, and a selflessness. So grow deep, grow strong, grow humility, grow in the word and in obedience, grow in maturity.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
Perhaps the most important reason for the season of waiting, is to heal you from the wounds of the enemy that would cause you to hurt those who have nothing to do with your wound. Like a wounded dog, when we have unhealed hurts, we tend to snap at those who touch it, even if they are only trying to help us mend it. I’ve heard it said that if you don’t heal from what hurt you, you’ll end up bleeding on people who never cut you. In other words, be willing to sit in the wilderness until God heals you of the wounds of Egypt or you’ll end up poisoning your promise.
God won’t go with those who carry bitterness, unbelief, disappointment, or offense. Those are fruits of the flesh, and not of the Spirit. They must be pruned, cut away, and healed. It’s like a blight on a tree that, if not cut off, can spread to poison the whole thing making its fruit toxic to those who eat it, and can even stead from it to other trees around it. Yikes! My friend, you cannot carry both, those things and His presence. He won’t share His glory with another. You only get to carry one, or the other.
“And Moses said unto the LORD, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence (to the Promise land).” – Exodus 33:15
Jesus can heal all wounds but often it takes some time to do it. So if He’s saying “wait”, obey and ask Him to show you what it is that you need to let go of, who do you need to forgive, what do you need to be healed from, is there any besetting sin? And when He shows you it, repent, and give it to Him. You have to let Him do this to you (the tree) so that He can then do it through you (your fruit and seed) to help set others free.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” – Luke 4:18
So now you get it. You can’t teach what you don’t understand, and to truly understand, you must experience it. You can’t pour out what hasn’t been poured in. No man can teach more then what he himself has experienced. This is why we overcome by the blood of the lamb AND the word of our testimony (what we have lived). Our experience proves the power of what Jesus spoke and did when we live by faith in it, being changed by it. Then telling others about it while making ourselves an example of it. A living sacrifice. When you finally understand this, you come to truly, deeply, cherish, and appreciate the time of waiting where He does all of it.
So now that you better understand, you won’t be so disappointed when you hear that word “wait”, but what are you suppose to do while you wait? In the time of learning, do what “waiters” do, “serve”! In the time of maturing, pray to be made more like Him. After all, the fruits of the Spirit that you are maturing to exhibit are actually the Character of Jesus. Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, kindness, faith, and self control.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:16-17
In the time of healing, learn the tactics of the enemy that they never get pass your defenses again. Grow in humility and compassion. Pray for those who are still bound by them. This is your season of overcoming, and those who overcome rule that which has been overcome. New authority is given as your deliverance will become other’s deliverance. So humble and let go of the hurt which we blame men for, that you might pick up your sword and dethrone the one who really caused it, and free others from the torment of satan. The accuser of the breathern. This is the last lesson to be learned in the season of waiting.
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – Revelation 3:21-22
All the greats of scripture “waited on the Lord”. Both daily in prayer, and over the long haul for their promise. Waiting is trust demonstrated. The waiting test and proves faith in a way that others can see and believe and have faith and patience themselves, to achieve the rewards of those who have endured before them. Like the Olympic runner, who though we only see him run for a few seconds then receive his reward, we know the reward does not actually reflect the value only of those few seconds of glorious running. But rather it reflects the years of tireless pressing, discipline, training, and sacrifice that it took to get them to the point of being ready to run that 30 second race.
We see this exemplified in John the Baptist who spent 30 years in the lowest wilderness on earth preparing for a ministry that only lasted 6 months, but made it into the eternal record books as the best race of faith ever run by man (by Jesus’s own admission). Therefore, He has a great reward laid up for him, yet we only see his final 30 second race, and think that’s all that the reward is for. No, the reward comes to those who endure. Not just the final push where everything in you is poured out, but the seasons that get you to it and prepare you for it, where all that will be poured out is first poured in. The mistakes, the lessons, the cleansing, the breaking, the humbling, the healing, the surrender, the changing, the preparing, the maturing, the consecration; it all happens in the season of waiting. Oh, how so many are robbed of so much, by the sin of impatience.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” – Psalms 37:34
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we quit not.” – Galatians 6:8-9