By: Christine Jean-Louis

Wait: To stay in one place and anticipate or expect something.

Amongst the many descriptions of “waiting”, the above definition is what struck me the most. It describes the skill and purposefulness that is involved in the act of waiting. Pairing this definition with the Psalmist David’s instruction to “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14), gave an even clearer sense to me what the Lord requires of us as we wait. Waiting on the Lord, for some may feel like a grueling process where often times you say in conversation with the Lord, “Ok God, I got it. I’ve learned the lesson through this season… now please bless me!”  You may say this not realizing that the actual process of waiting is a blessing in and of itself.  When you make the conscious decision to submit to the will of God and to no longer resent or resist the season which was meant to be a blessing to you, you will find that the time of waiting is actually a time of blessing, a time of growth, a time of revelation, and preparation. The spiritual maturity that you have developed in your waiting season is what will sustain you when you are walking in your answered prayer.

Often times the mistake is made in thinking that waiting is equated to stagnation. Just to be clear, your season of waiting is not meant to be a season of idleness or stagnation. Your waiting is a time of blessing! The season should consist of being an active participant in your spiritual growth by being fruitful in preparing for that which will come to pass. Be diligent in your seeking of the Lord while inviting Him and allowing Him to make the spiritual deposits necessary to bring you where He sees you fit. And take the Lords word for it, that where He sees you and what He has prepared for you is greater than what you could have ever imagined for yourself ( I Corinthians 2: 9) . In your season of waiting on the Lord to fulfill promises, answer prayers, and to bring forth blessings you should be in a position of not only prayer, and preparation, but also joyful anticipation of the manifestation of that which you wait for. Joyfully anticipate the Lord meeting and providing for every need that you have submitted to him. Do this and watch as He blesses you before, during, and after you’ve waited in joyful expectancy!

The state of a pregnant woman is often referred to as “expecting”. I’m sure that you’ve heard the phrase, “She’s expecting”. Now think about that for a moment… the pregnant woman is in many ways like you and I, who right now may not be physically pregnant, but spiritually we should all be! “Spiritually pregnant”, you ask? Yes, in terms of being in a state of expectancy, you are pregnant too (Yes, men of God you are not exempt from this blessing)! You should be just as hopeful and excited about the birth of your vision as the new mother is of her first born child. You should be just as hopeful about the longevity of your dream, vision, goals, and answered prayers just as much as Mary was once she knew that she was going to be a part of the fulfillment of a prophecy.

Like Mary, let your state of expectancy set the atmosphere for blessings in abundance.

 

Father God, I thank you. I thank you for the grace you have given me as I waited and as I continue to wait for the manifestation of the increase and blessing that you have prepared for me. Thank you in advance for preparing me, washing me, pruning me, and instilling within me all that I need in order to be who you’ve called me to be. As I wait, I will praise you, for I know this is only the beginning of sweet, sweet victory. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Hebrews 6: 13-15

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.