The wait­ing is the hard­est part

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over the years? Just as in many hit songs that have been pro­duced over the years, it was the truth and rel­e­vance in the lyrics. By na­ture, we are not very pa­tient peo­ple. Whether it’s wait­ing in line at Kroger, for a real es­tate clos­ing, for mar­riage or any num­ber of good things, there’s al­ways the hard part of wait­ing. There are some ben­e­fits of wait­ing and God has a pur­pose when He makes us wait. I’m go­ing to share some of those here.

First of all, wait- ing re­veals our true mo­tives. The Bi­ble tells us to fo­cus on things that are eter­nal. Many things that we do in our lives and min­istries have ul­te­rior mo­tives. Peo­ple who don’t have good mo­tives won’t wait long. They’re too in­ter­ested in short-term gains or suc­cess.

Se­condly, wait­ing builds pa­tience in our lives. By learn­ing to wait for small things, it con­di­tions us to have pa­tience in larger things. We all want God to do great things in and through our lives. How­ever, if we can’t wait for God to do the small things, it will be very dif­fi­cult for us to wait on the greater things.

Wait­ing also builds an­tic­i­pa­tion. Pa­tience can, and of­ten will, be re­ward­ing. In most cases, the longer we have to wait on our de­sires, the more we ap­pre­ci­ate it when it comes to pass.

Wait­ing can trans­form who we re­ally are. Not only have the grace and mercy of God and other be­liev­ers caused me to be a more un­der- stand­ing per­son, they have also helped me be­come more pa­tient with peo­ple and cir­cum­stances.

Fi­nally, wait­ing builds in­ti­macy with, and de­pen­dency upon, God. Some of the clos­est friend­ships we have are a re­sult of when a friend stood by us in some of the most dif­fi­cult times of our lives. I’ve heard it said that a true friend is one who be­comes closer to you, when oth­ers are walk­ing away. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that hath friends must shew him- self friendly: and there is a friend that stick­eth closer than a brother.” Je­sus is the truest of friends that you’ll ever find. He­brews 13:5 tells us, “For he has said, I will never leave thee, nor for­sake thee.” When ev­ery­one else walks out on you, He’s promised to be by your side. The wait­ing is the hard­est part, but you can have peace in that time know­ing that He is with you.

“Wait­ing time is not wast­ing time when you’re wait­ing on God.” – Dr. Woody Lee. Be Blessed.

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