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Waiting Well
By Victoria Osteen - Apr 14, 2020
When you think of the word “wait,” what comes to your mind? Perhaps it’s long lines at the grocery checkout, or traffic that’s backed up for miles, or that moment when you were sitting in a doctor’s office with a roomful of other people, hoping that at any second a nurse was going to call your name. You might be waiting for a child to get back on course, waiting to get a good break, waiting for your career to start. We all go through waiting processes that can be very difficult.

Can I tell you that God is not making us wait to make it hard on us? But He is causing us to develop our character. Patience is an inner strength that we all need to learn. Patience is what brings forth God’s promises. The writer of Hebrews says, “For you have need of patient endurance, so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.” We need to develop our patience, knowing that at the right time, God is going to get us to where we need to be as well as give us what we need.

God says we should be actively waiting for and pursuing Him, and preparing ourselves for what is coming. That’s what I call “waiting well.” The Scripture says, “See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains” (James 5:7). The farmer waits with great expectation, looking for the rain, watching for sprouts, believing for a harvest, even when he doesn’t see anything happening. He knows it’s just a matter of time and the soil will yield a harvest if he patiently endures the wait.

If we’re going to bring forth the promises of God in our lives, we have to develop the patience that waits with great expectation. When it’s taking longer than we thought, we can’t grow weary and lose our enthusiasm. The prophet Habakkuk said, “God, You told me to write this vision down. You told me to hold it close, but it’s taking a long time. What am I to do?” God replied, “I said it was for an appointed time. Though it linger, wait for it. It will certainly come and not delay.”

What are you waiting for? Be patient and get prepared. God is more interested in what is being developed in you while you wait than what you’re waiting for. Enjoy where you are right now. The appointed time will surely come. Wait well, knowing that through patient endurance you will bring forth every promise God has given you.
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