My friend Dyanner Brown recently asked this question, “When, Lord?”
I am convinced that one of the toughest parts of the Christian life is the wait. In waiting for God’s vision for our lives to be fulfilled, we would rather measure time by minutes than months. Yet the Lord measures time by millennia (2 Peter 3:8). And we are on God’s time, not the other way around.
“God is never late and rarely early. He is always exactly right on time–His time.” ― Dillon Burroughs, Hunger No More: A 1-Year Devotional Journey Through the Psalms
One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Habakkuk 2:2-3 (The Living Bible): 2 And the Lord said to me, “Write my answer on a billboard,[a] large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others. 3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow,[b] do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!
The ideas of “won’t happen right away” and “slowly, steadily, surely” echo throughout the Bible. Every person God used had to endure a waiting process. Joseph waited for 13 years before he became second in command in Egypt. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for their promised son Isaac. Moses waited 40 years before leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Jesus waited 30 years before starting His ministry.
God often appears slow to us. It seems as though He is hiding from us. It feels like He has forgotten us. Yet, He is patiently working out His purposes for our lives and renewing our strength (2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 40:29-31; Isaiah 64:4). And the stories of others reveal that we are not alone in the wait. God has a chosen pace and place for us. There are many puzzle pieces involved in carrying out His perfect plan for our lives. During the wait, God works things in us and out of us so that we don’t destroy the promise once He brings it to us. And when God puts it together, it is perfect :).
What to Do While We Wait
We can make our wait time productive and fulfilling by doing the following:
- Cultivate our gifts.
- Connect with our community.
- Visit places we have been putting off.
- Take a class.
- Disciple another believer.
- Set a reading goal.
- Join a club.
- Limit or delete social media if it hinders our contentment.
- Face a fear.
- Host a round table discussion.
We can rest assured that our wait is never wasted and that God will fulfill His promises to us.
What are you waiting on? I’d love to hear from you!