By: Sade Nicholson
“Just wait on God.” How many times has any one believer heard that, and how many more have become even more frustrated as a result of such kind remarks? If truth be told, wait is a slightly hated, widely misunderstood concept amongst believers. From several conversations, I’ve concluded that wait is depicted as a person jogging along a trail and God yells “wait!” and the person stops in mid stride and doesn’t move a muscle until further directed. I don’t know about you but that sounds like some sort of virtual freeze tag game! See, waiting doesn’t mean stagnant. And this is where I think the frustration has crept in.
Stagnant means lack of development or progressive movement, sluggish or inactive, none of which are characteristics of the God we serve. For the Bible says in Philippians 2:13 (AMP) that “..for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire] both to will and work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” God is never not at work. So if you are at a place where you feel like you’re at a standstill, check to see if you’re still truly connected.
To wait means to remain in a state of repose, as until something expected happens, to be available and in readiness. Repose, means a state of being at peace. So in essence, wait means to be at peace until something you expect to happen, happens. This is hard for me to even say. Because of all of the many things we are expecting from God, how many of us can honestly say that we are in a state of peace in our expectation? It’s normally anxiety and frustration that keeps us company. The second part of the definition of wait is, to be available and in readiness. This is where I myself have gotten confused. I had been saying words and singing songs like “Lord I’m available to you” out of ritual and for so long, not knowing what I was really saying, that I had become disappointed, all because of a lack of understanding. See, available actually means to be advantageous and beneficial to and accessible for help, not just being present. And to be “in readiness” implies that being ready is a prerequisite to waiting! So we know now that even before we began the active response of waiting, the Lord wants to:
#1. Make us READY.
Ready means completely prepared or in condition for immediate use. So instead of being frozen in frustration in our expectation of the promises of God, we should be in active pursuit of Him, striving to become, and be molded into His likeness. For the Bible says is 2 Peter 1:5-8 (AMP) “ ..adding you diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolutions, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge. And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness, And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful;” Are these qualities becoming a part of who you are? These are the things that make us advantageous, beneficial, accessible, and prepared for immediate use. Plus, Psalm 25:21 say that qualities of these sorts preserve and keep you as you wait for the Lord.
#2. SET us!
To set is to put something in a particular place, position or posture. After the Lord has readied you, working in and out His new nature in you, He will then set you. By set, I don’t mean physically, but mentally, your mind SET. He positions your thinking and conceptualizing according to where he taking you. For example, just like our mental maps can cause us to drive from home to work without second thought, our minds also have a way of circumstance to trigger clearance down the same paths to frustration, depression, loneliness, anger and bitterness. But when God transforms and sets your mind, He creates new routes that now, when circumstances are unfavorable you still end up and peace and joy unspeakable! The mind setting is very important because you can miss what the Lord has for you. Think about it, if the way to your destiny is through giving and you’re mentally stuck on the receiving end, you’re going to miss it. If your next blessing is in the humility lane and you’re still walking in pride’s lane, you’re going to miss it.
So the next time you become frustrated in your expectation, ask yourself, would I be beneficial to my husband or wife right now? Am I at peace or am I anxious? Do I exercise virtue, self-control and brotherly love? If God gave me exactly what I’m asking for right now, would I be prepared for immediate use? If not, it’s ok! Just go back to the starting line and get Ready, get SET, and “Wait!” Hope for and expect from the Lord. Be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” (ref. Ps.25:14).