No one likes to wait.
Our irritation level rises in check out lines, train stations, restaurants, and doctor’s offices.We don’t have time to waste, and yet Scripture speaks often on waiting. ‘Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength’ (Isaiah 40:31).
Listen in as Susie interviews theology professor and author David Timms about his book, Sacred Waiting: Waiting on God in a World that Waits for Nothing.
It’s not so much waiting for God, it’s waiting on God. The Scriptural perspective of waiting on God is not a passive posture where we sit and watch. Rather it’s a very active posture where we are present and attentive to him.
- One piece of waiting on God is to create intentional times of presence. Pause for maybe 10 or 15 minutes in the morning or evening and allow God to do what he wants.
- The other piece is active service. So, when the Lord calls us to something we step immediately into that.
Waiting seasons God puts in our life aren’t pointless, they are meant to be times of preparation. Those are the times God uses to bring our stuff to the surface and bring us closer to him.
David shares a study which found that 60 percent of believers say they don’t really have time for God. Maybe the reason God makes us wait is to get us to focus on him. Seasons of waiting are the prime occasion to make the time for God that he deserves to get.
As he walks through waiting seasons David has learned to rest in the fact that he doesn’t know the future.
“Whatever God may have in the future I really can’t see it. All I can really say for certain is that he prepared me for this day.”