Waiting...Why is it so Hard?


The hardest and best thing you'll ever do is wait on the Lord.

The Bible is full of people who refused to wait on the Lord. So I know I'm in good company. We live in an impatient sort of world. We want what we want and we want it now. Sounds like a spoiled toddler to me. But I'm guilty of this attitude myself. More than I'd like to admit.

God himself says all throughout the scriptures to slow down. Wait on Him. Have faith. So why is it so hard?


1. Waiting takes faith. Faith is hard. Faith makes no sense to unbelievers. Faith is not a "blind leap" or wishful thinking. It's believing the promises of God. Believing He will make good on His promises. Hebrews 11 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. Sometimes it's called the "Faith Hall of Fame" because it lists OT examples of faithful men and women. I love it because it reminds me of how even the "people of faith" doubted their ability to wait on the Lord from time to time. Abraham and Sarah are listed but if you will remember in Genesis 16, Sarah lost faith in the Lord to provide her with a child as He had promised. So she took matters into her own hands and told Abraham to have a child with her servant so that she might have a child (finally). No no no. That's not what God said. God said Sarah would bear a child. It's easy to be frustrated when reading these accounts but we are guilty of the same impatience with God.

2. Waiting makes you feel useless. Kind of like you're sitting on your hands. In January, I started reading Genesis and it honestly makes me laugh when I read account after account of these people who just couldn't wait. They just couldn't. They got tired of feeling like they weren't doing anything. But waiting isn't doing nothing. If you are truly waiting on the Lord, you need to be seeking Him. You need to be spending time with Him. Communicating with Him and reading His Word. That's doing something.The best thing! And I believe that's His goal in the waiting anyway. To have you draw close to Him.

3. Waiting makes you look crazy in the eyes of other people. "What are you waiting on??" "Why don't you do something about that?" "What's taking you so long?" I understand this point more than any of them. I hate to feel like I'm doing something wrong in the sight of others. But guess what, I don't want to care what "they" think. And I don't need to care what "they" think. If I know that I'm faithfully asking God to guide my decisions then I can be confident in them. I don't need the approval of others. And I don't need my decisions to be based on the disapproval of others.

4. Waiting takes time. Well if that's not blatantly obvious...ha! Guess what, waiting DOES take time. Don't rush. Don't fret if you think the Lord is taking too long to answer your prayer. God time is not our time. Who is God here? Who is sovereign? Certainly not me. Let's rest in the fact that we are not God and we never will be. He has the hard job. Let's get out of the way, let Him do it and praise Him for it!

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1

12 comments:

  1. Amen, sister! I feel you. I love this topic, because I need to be reminded of it every day. Number 3 here is definitely a huge stumbling block for me... I'm really working on that part of my life: believing and obeying God, waiting for Him, and shifting my focus off of the criticism of others. It's HARD, but it's so worth it. Who am I really serving? Who do I aim to please? It has to be my Father. :)

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    1. Thank you, Hannah, for your comments. You're exactly right. People pleasing is an epidemic. We have to have our eyes focused on him.

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  2. Great post! And come to think of it, the Bible is FULL of disasters that happened when people got tired of waiting: the golden calf, the blemished sacrifice. Jesus Himself waited to heal people when others had given up hope! But it is really hard but it builds our patience, and that's something I can't have enough of.

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    1. You are exactly right. And I also love the fact that although disasters may have happened as a result of impatience, God still blessed. He's so good.

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  3. Oh, thank you for this. I am waiting to meet my first baby (due tomorrow) and I am feeling like a toddler throwing a tantrum I am so impatient and anxious! It is SO hard to wait! But you're right. Waiting has a purpose far beyond what we can see. I need to trust that God's timing is the right timing. Thanks for this encouragement today!

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    1. First of all, congratulations!!! How exciting!! I hope that you got to meet your sweet baby today, but if not I am praying right now that He has supplied abundant hope and peace to your soul while you wait. And thank you, your words encourage ME!

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  4. Waiting, is so difficult. My walk with the Lord has helped me so much in this area, but I still struggle.

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    1. I completely understand, Sheri. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  5. Ooh, waiting is a tough one for me! I went through a season a few years ago when the Lord had us waiting (and waiting and waiting) and it really grew our faith. Looking back, I am so grateful for it!

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    1. Marisa, thank you for your comment! Yes, growing your faith is a great reward for waiting.

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  6. Crazy I'm in this season of my life right now. Waiting can be hard but now I'm learning to soak in it before life gets crazy again.

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    1. Yes ma'am, there's so much to learn and be thankful for in the waiting!

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