Waiting on God or Waiting with God?

God’s timing is best.

He is trustworthy and His plan is worth waiting for.

But if we’re being completely honest, no-one likes to wait. And that’s when the problems begin.

Waiting was also an issue in the biblical days.

Let’s take the story of Sarah (formerly known as Sarai) and her husband Abram for instance.

She had a dream, she yearned for the day when she would become a mother. Sarah had a desire waiting to be satisfied. We do not see much details about her infertility revealed. However, Genesis 16:1a (KJV) states ‘Now Sarai Abraham’s wife bare him no children.’

Sarah like most of us in situations right now was in a dilemma and as a result she decided to take matters into her own hands.

She was able to persuade her husband Abram to sleep with Hagar, her maidservant (Genesis 16:2). Her plan was successful, well at least so she thought because Abram became a father.

God had other plans of his own for Sarah which created a major twist in the plot after Hagar gave birth to a son.

God wanted to bless an entire nation through Sarah. So he made her wait until her son Isaac finally came along.

Sarah’s resolution involving Abram and Hagar was not without consequences (see Genesis 16:1-16 and Genesis 21:8-21). However, God remained faithful in satisfying Sarah’s dream with Isaac, the child of promise (see Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-7).

People who are impatient are not thrown to one side within God’s family. Sarah proved to us that meddling with God’s plan can mess up His best plan for us. However, Hebrews 11:11 reveals to us that God would redeem our interruptions and has the ability to turn our mess-ups into messages.

Now how great is that?

In waiting the worst part is the not knowing.

Knowing if is not enough; we want to know when. We want a timeline. It is like in Job 14:13-15 (KJV):

O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

Unfortunately life does not work that way. God does not work that way. God can work on our heart, our faith and our character in the not knowing. This is where 2 Peter 1 and James 1 collide; in the not knowing.

Throughout the waiting times, the desire is to torture ourselves with questions no-one is able to answer. These include: Why? Why me? How long?

Yes! Satan loves taking advantage of our frailty, but God can even turn frailty into strength (Hebrews 11:34).

The journey of waiting is one that tests, anxiousness with spiritual peril but rife with chance. Similarly like Sarah and us, each hero in the Bible had to make a decision regarding how they should think and who they wanted to be during their waiting periods.

The waiting process comes in a multitude of forms but the fact is we all face it. Sometimes the waiting process can be soul-crushing, fatal while others can be much lighter while affecting our levels of happiness and comfort daily.

That’s why if we wait with God we can see the pauses in life as time to better experience God rather than waiting on God which allows ways for us to act upon actions built on our human reasoning.

Whenever we wait with God it provides us with the opportunity to enjoy the incalculable tranquility that occurs when we ease into the hope of His perfect plan. Waiting with God is worth it as His plans are better than anything we can possibly request or envision.

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