The Art of Waiting

Our mind is always racing. At any given moment there must be five different things battling for my attention and many times when I enter the presence of God it is a challenge to shut down the activity between my ears long enough so I might just sit and listen for the voice of my King.

Often we approach our prayer time as we do a checklist, a race to complete our devotion and recite our prayers. We want to fulfill our spiritual duty so that we can hurry and begin our day, or get back to the things we really want to be doing.

I once heard the title of a sermon, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” A twist on a fairly common expression when something is happening, “Don’t just stand there do something!” Sometimes we need to just stand there. We need to come into the presence of God and wait! It is important that we wait for His clear voice and direction, because our victory doesn’t come from our own ability, but from God!

Psalm 62:1-2 (NLT) I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Psalm62:5-8 (NLT) Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. 

Life is not without challenge, but the only way for us to face those challenges is to depend upon the security of Jesus. If we rush off and do things the way that seems best to us, we will eventually come to a place where we are shaken and feeling lost. Yet, when we depend upon our Rock and Refuge we can stand strong and not be shaken!

I had a student ask me recently, “Sometimes it’s easier to do things the worlds way, what do you do?” What a phenomenal question! It’s so true. The wisdom of the world is often easier than depending upon the wisdom of God.

Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV) There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

We must learn that what seems right, can be wrong. We must learn to stop depending upon our own natural understanding (Proverbs 3:5) and learn to depend on Jesus! When we wait on the Lord, He will change our perspective and gently guide us down safe paths.

I like to call it the art of waiting, because there is an art to it. There is something beautiful about coming into the presence of God and just waiting. Throw out your agenda, your schedule and plans, simply come before the Lord, “God, I’m gonna stay here with You until you release me.”

Too often we let our schedule dictate how much time we spend with Jesus when we should be letting our time with Jesus dictate our schedule. We do too much. If you are someone who struggles to find time with Jesus then I would challenge you to honestly examine your schedule. Has God led you to be involved in everything you are involved in? I promise God did not call you to be so busy that you have no time for your relationship with Him. 

We must be intentional about our time with Jesus. We must prioritize our prayer life, not just enough to check it off our list, but we need times where we can just wait in His presence. My favorite times with God are when I have an afternoon free and can just spend it in His presence, praying, reading.

Some might look at that time as wasted, but time spent with Jesus is never wasted. It’s an investment into eternity.

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