I have had one very, very hard season of waiting. It has been more harder especially because I am waiting on Him for more than one thing…about 3 things. I have truly felt like I am in the desert place. Say the wilderness.
So yesterday I asked God to teach me lessons in the waiting. It is apparent He wants me to wait. He just started.
Waiting according to Scriptures, is to be active, to do something, something very important. In fact, it is the most important thing we do, since waiting is an expression of faith, of being open and receptive to God, to God’s action, to God’s voice, to God’s will, to God’s answer ~ Michael Pasquarello
To wait is to be patient and trust that God is at work even if we can’t see or understand what He is doing at any given moment of time. It is to let go the desire to act, allowing God to do so, at His appointed time. To wait is to believe. For we live by faith, not by sight, 2 Cor. 5:7
When Habakuk had prayed against the injustices in Judah and was trusting God to answer, God’s answer was something we never expected. Remember He was making higher calling kind of prayers– against oppression and injustices. We may imagine prayers offered by (not any other person but) a prophet would cause God to immediately act. In this case however, the answer is
Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Hab 2:2-3)
So in times that God does not respond, when we, like Habakuk have even cried out: How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen? (1:2) we must learn to wait. We must continue laboring in prayer but without giving up.
Maybe it is your relationship.
Your marriage is not working.
Your job is becoming too hard. You have prayed for years.
That project is not giving back, not even the capital is back yet.
Just like Habakuk, Injustices continue in the land, and oppression, and people continue wallowing in sin.
Your dreams seem farther than you thought you would be at today, and everyone else is making progress.
Would you consider taking a step of waiting? Would you just write down the revelation and wait for its appointed time?
Though it lingers, would you just wait for it?
For He never lies. If He promised, He will fulfill it.
And so even in my waiting, I will pray, and wait. I will trust and obey.
I will not compromise, I must not. I will take no shortcut, His way (even if it seems longer) is the perfect way. He has reasons, (good reasons) for taking me through it.
Remember Deut. 8? How the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands?
At His appointed time, the vision will come to be. He will make things beautiful. He will ‘…bring you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing…’ In your prayers, rship, marriage, business, job…
And as He makes them beautiful, He will have fulfilled His purposes for me in the waiting.