Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18 NIV)
I wonder if there is a support group somewhere for well-intentioned, God-seeking impatient people. I'm sure you know the type. Maybe you are one of them, sincerely wanting to do God's work, but sometimes jumping in with your own plans and getting ahead of God's timing, accomplishing a lot of good things, but missing out on the best God has to offer. I know a few of those people, and admittedly I'm one of them at times.
God says repeatedly that we should wait on and trust in him. Through the prophet Isaiah, God chastises the people of Israel for carrying out plans that weren't of Him. They were forging ahead, trusting in man-made provisions for their security and God reminded them of the futility of their ways. He then offered a standing invitation to return to Him for their needs and for future blessing as he stated in Isaiah 30:18, "Blessed are all who wait for him!"
We will be blessed by waiting on God. While we view our world from ground level, He looks at the world from a "helicopter" view. Not only does He see how all things are working together, but He also knows what skills and character qualities we need to be able to carry out His plans. He knows when we will be able to most effectively carry out His will. We don't.
When we jump ahead we miss the best for our lives and create more struggles. Because we jump ahead, thinking we are ready but really aren't, we struggle with both the inefficiencies of our underdeveloped character as well as the inefficiencies caused by all of the external "pieces" of the plan not being available yet. However when we wait on God's timing, He will take care of those kinds of details for us. We may still face opposition in executing the plan, but it will definitely be easier His way. That's why we will be blessed by waiting. Perhaps by waiting we will even "get there" quicker.
1) In what area of your life are you getting impatient with God?
2) In this area, how will you benefit from waiting on God? What work does He have yet to do in you or in the situation?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.