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The Wait

The same God Who promises to give you the desires of your heart is comprised of eternal patience.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. ~ Psalm 37:4, BSB.
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. ~ Galatians 5:22-23, AMPC

While waiting on God for what we want, waiting for the purposes of God to materialize, our faith will be tested. We will develop patience as the substance of health.

Peace is a symptom of patient endurance and healthy faith.

Anxiety is a symptom of doubt and rebellion.

Anxiety causes us to squirm under God’s authority, rather than to accept it. It produces odd dis-ease.

Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7, KJV

The peace of God is wonderful.

Excessive reasoning wears us out.

Consider the following verse regarding the enemy of God:

And he (enemy of God) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws... ~ Daniel 7:25a, KJV

Below are two commentaries on the above verse from Daniel:

"Times and laws" are the foundations and main conditions, emanating from God, of the life and actions of men in the world. ~ Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Three attributes of Antichrist are specified: (1) The highest worldly wisdom and civilization. (2) The uniting of the whole civilized world under his dominion. (3) Atheism, antitheism, and autotheism in its fullest development (1 Jo 2:22). ~ Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

In our humanness, we may “think” to change God’s timing and God’s methods. We may, with a bitter or resentful attitude, wrestle and grumble, but we won’t get very far. This stance is unnatural behavior for a Christian. Remember, according to Paul in Philippians 4:6-7 above, prayer is to be done in thanksgiving, making our requests known to God. But, this is to be done in reverence and humility, coming under God's Lordship. This means that while we wait, and while we ask, we also accept God's timing and decisions because we know, through experience, His ways are the best ways.

There is none good but one, that is, God. ~ Mark 10:18, KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (outcome). ~ Jeremiah 29:11, KJV
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. ~ Romans 8:28, AMPC

“The waiting” for seasons to change is also a time of choosing—either God’s times and laws, or our own. Even a tree awakening in the Spring must internally cooperate with God's perfect timing in order to thrive externally—if it blossoms too soon (impatience) or too late (stagnancy), it will risk dying back and will ultimately lose long-term productivity (to produce the fruit for which it was created). Remember the principle that whoever is not on the side of Christ is actually working against Him (Matthew 12:30). This holds for every principle of Christ. Even those professionally trained to “figure it out” and solve knotty problems, provide worldly solutions, and next strategic steps, do not have the natural capacity to solve what only God can solve—Daniel shows us that. He was a professional problem-solver, but his true wisdom was in consulting God in everything, including timing.

God often frustrates our mental ascent in preference of our complete soul trust.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart [and mind]; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV

God will make our way straight. We cannot do life well without God. We cannot perceive everything God can perceive. On our own, we do not have the power God has to recreate and restore. God has a purposeful perspective—there is more going on than our immediacy. God is kind. It makes sense not to buck against His will because He is the only One Who will move on your behalf in amazing, effective ways. When you rely on Him for your nourishment and trust His goodness and perfectly orchestrated timing, you will see the days of your best growth. God will move on behalf of His children and open the right door when He wants to—not a moment earlier or later. It is the door that leads the way to Life!

The following statement is a common biblical principle:

God prefers your worship and praise during the wait.

Please speak this with me: “God, thank You that You are working, and that what You will do is very, very good. Thank You for producing what I could not do on my own in a thousand, or a million, years. I trust Your will for my life, and I trust Your timing. Help me to fully expect Your goodness to show up in my life, and help me to have a good, faith-filled attitude while I wait.”

In Matthew 11:28 (AMPC), Jesus says,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”

We would have plenty of rest—restoration of health (mind, body and soul) and restoration of spirit (relationship with God)—if, when we go through periods of not knowing (ambiguity), we would wait in trust rather than panic in worry. The choice is ours!

I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it. ~ Ezekiel 36:36b, AMPC
Jesus said, “Woman, why are you telling me about it? It is not yet the time for me to do something.” ~ John 2:4, WE

He will do not just something, but the right thing when it is the right time. God’s natural times and laws require an unfolding of our lives in due season. Rest and prepare for new and rapid growth. If we worry during the wait, we waste the energy that is to be reserved for productivity down the road.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. ~ Galatians 6:9, KJV

While you wait, think lovely thoughts, and they will become the fruit God will produce in your life.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8, KJV

God bless you while you wait very well!


Bible Translations

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible (AMPC), Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

The Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible (BSB), Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

King James Version (KJV), public domain.

Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE) © 1969, 1971, 1996, 1998 by SOON Educational Publications. Source [accessed March 19, 2023]:

Bible Commentary

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, Daniel 7:25, [accessed March 19, 2023]

Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament, Daniel 7:25, [accessed March 19, 2023]

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