How many of us like to make things happen? Waiting is not even a consideration for those of us that like to shake things up and make things happen. Full steam ahead is our one and only speed. You know how it is, you have an idea, you are bound and bent that it is going to happen so....away you go and you make it so.
But what does God have to say about this type of behaviour? Did we even consult Him in this matter? What about the way everything turned out? Was it a success or a disaster? Who is to blame for the mess if we were the ones that created it? Us....no, typically we get mad at God for the disasters in our lives even when we are responsible for them. Who do we credit for the success? Us...of course, but really it should be God.
We are very impatient, especially in society today when we have everything available almost instantly. If we wait for an hour, we have had to wait too long. If we have to wait for a year, we have definitely waited too long. If we have to wait years we think that we might go crazy.
Yet, waiting is a large part of God's plan for our lives. Waiting on His timing for situations and circumstances to work out. Waiting for friends and family members to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Waiting to see the good in a disaster. Waiting....
Waiting on the Lord is what we are called to do in all circumstances.
Waiting does not promise understanding. Instead, waiting means that we are being obedient to God and that we are honouring Him by waiting for His timing.
Waiting is not unproductive. During our waiting time we can be in prayer and ask God to direct us in what He would have us do. Waiting is a time that we can spend reading our Bibles. Waiting can be our time of drawing closer to God.
Waiting can make things happen.
In 1 Kings Chapter 1 Adonijah, one of David's sons decided to take matters into his own hands and make himself king. The problem was he was not the one that God had chosen to be king after David. His younger brother Solomon was to be king. Since Adonijah decided to make things happen his declaration of kingship was very short lived and eventually lead to his death.
I pray that in our lives that we do not make the same mistake as Adonijah. Let's remember to keep connecting with God and His will for our lives. It means surrendering control but who better to be in charge of our lives than God himself.