Why Wait?

Have you ever grown tired of waiting on something or someone? Well, you’re not alone. I remember a time in my life I prayed for a home, and the wait seemed endless. It was a time of transition for me, and I was growing weary of waiting on God. I did all but stomp my foot, and, Lord knows, I probably did a little of that as well when voicing my wants to God. The harder I prayed, and the more I asked God for a home, the longer I waited. I remember the day my prayers got rather demanding, and I’m sure God remembers it too. “I’m tired of waiting, God. All You keep telling me when I ask You for a home is WAIT. I’m TIRED of waiting! When are You going to place me in my home?”

Looking back on my attitude now, I’m sure I sounded much like the people of Israel before Aaron finally reached his breaking point and made them a Golden Calf. As the story goes in (Exodus 24), Moses climbed up Mt. Sinai to meet with God. He told the elders of Israel, “Wait for us here until we return to you. You have Aaron and Hur with you; If there are any problems, go to them.”

It sounded good in theory, but when Moses didn’t come down off the mountain in what the people considered a reasonable amount of time, they began to work on Aaron to do something. “That Moses—you know, the man who got us out of Egypt—well, Aaron, who knows what happened to him? You’ve got to do something. Make gods for us who will lead us.”

That’s when Aaron also grew tired of resisting, and he made them the Golden Calf. Hallelujah! The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!” (Exodus 32)

Because of their impatience, Israel settled for a temporary fix—something to see them through the moment, but that would never provide lasting satisfaction. Their god wasn’t real! We do that as well! Our of our impatience, we look for a quick fix. Those quick fixes become our gods, but they are FALSE gods. That boyfriend, friend, job, car, or YES, house—they are idols put before us to separate us from the one true God.

I’m so thankful that God opened my eyes and encouraged me to see past my frustration and want. I felt an overwhelming peace after my moment of complaining, and I said, “God, I know that in my wait, you have THE PERFECT home for me. If it has taken this long, it has to be absolutely everything I have prayed for. I will wait!”

You have a choice. You can settle for less or wait on God’s PERFECT provision. He hears your prayers and knows your heart. If he’s telling you to wait, I promise, there’s a good reason. Something wonderful is on the other side of your wait! (Isaiah 40:31) tells us But those who wait upon the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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