Let’s go ahead and state the obvious: waiting is HARD.
Our cultural expectations only make this spiritual discipline harder. We live in an instant access world. In fact, studies now show that our attention span is about 8 seconds. (For perspective, that’s one second less than a goldfish!)
But God is the ancient of days. His redemption story spans the ages, and our role in Kingdom work is never rushed. The truth is: a walk with God is usually an intentionally slow process.
So how do we stay faithful between what God has promised and what we currently see?
Here are a few helpful reminders:
- Seasons of waiting are not only inevitable, but a beautiful tool God uses to shape us more into His image and equip up for the call He has for us. (Romans 5:3-4)
- Waiting is a stage to showcase God’s glory and strengthen us for battle. (Exodus 14:1-4 & Exodus 13:17-18)
- We don’t get to choose how long we wait, but we do get to choose how we wait. (Romans 12:12)
- Waiting is not a passive way to pass time, but a time of expectation and time of preparation for what God has promised (James 5:7-8, Galatians 6:9-10)
- Sandcastles can be built in moments, but God’s Kingdom has been built through the millennium and will never pass away. (Revelation 11:15-19)
And remember, friends: when we are faithful to walk with the God of the slow, we get to experience the God of the suddenly.
Stay strong, perseverant, and steadfast. I’m praying for you in the waiting.
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