When I leave home and do not take my trusted companion, Cooper, with me, this is what I return to. He patiently waits by the front door until I return and then greets me only as a loving pet can. Wagging his tail and wanting me to spend time scratching his neck or just touching him. I am amazed how he can sit for hours just waiting on my return. Waiting on his master.
You see, I find this patient waiting as something we all need to learn. I am not a patient person. I am a give me the ball and watch what happens personality. It is so hard to wait, it even seems impossible sometimes. Many of us make plans, we set goals, and we put a time frame for each item on our list and expect each thing to result in a positive outcome. Unfortunately, that’s not always how things turn out.
The honest truth is that when we create our goals and our lists, a lot of times we are leaving out the most important factor - and that factor is God, our Master. When we leave God out of our goals and lists, honestly, they may go nowhere. There are never any guarantees that it’s all going to work out the way we envision it.
It is important to note that God does not work according to OUR schedules or OUR lists; He works according to HIS timing and HIS will for us. When we fail to remember this fact, disappointment can set in, which ultimately can lead to anger and resentment; sometimes aimed towards God, and this is not a good place to be.
The Bible is full of scriptures about the importance of waiting on God. In fact, many of these scriptures even tell us what the result will be if we wait on Him. Isaiah 40:31 tells us exactly what the result of waiting on God is: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
I want to point out something important…..as human beings, we see things only from our perspectives, but God sees everything from His perspective which is perfect because God is perfect. He knows exactly what is best for us and in fact, He has laid out everything for us already.
Think about it, if God already knows what’s best for us, then why is it so important for us to control every single thing in our lives? Why can’t we just let go and let God do what He does best? Luke 12:7 says “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” God knows every hair on our head, so how could He not know what is best for us?
So, to answer the question “should we really wait on God?” Yes…we should! We should all try being a Cooper instead of being a timeline driven person. Waiting on our Master may just change your life.