Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
–Psalm 27:14 NIV
There it is…that dreaded four-letter word W-A-I-T. You pray. You ask. But God responds by saying, “Sit tight, and be still” (see Psalm 46:10).
Often you start out with patience, but as days stretch into months or years, the temptation to ignore God’s instructions intensifies. It’s then when you need to be resolute and fortify your unsure heart with courage.
While it can seem a little weird to think about needing strength to do nothing, waiting is really about more than just the passage of time. It’s about more than the thing you’re hoping for. At its core, spiritual waiting is about your willingness to yield to the Lord. It’s a good, old-fashioned test of faith.
Will you trust Him when you want to trust yourself more?
Will you really believe He’s reliable to do the things He’s promised?
And yes, choosing to trust when there’s no evidence that anything is happening takes a lot of inner stamina.
So when your requests seem to have been in limbo too long, put away your personal timetable. Instead, begin to pray for the strength and courage you need to trust the Lord…and wait.
- God, I confess that I don’t want to wait. Teach me to patiently wait for You to move.
- Jesus, I’m tired and weary. I want to leave this place of waiting. Give me courage to stand strong as I stand still.