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Waiting On God – Part 3 – Pursuing Intimacy With God

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Waiting On God – Part 3

When we need to wait on God, it is one of the hardest things that He makes us do, especially during difficult times and trials. But in the end we will be far better off for the experience, if we can trust God and endure until He brings an end to the waiting time. When we look back at the difficult times that we have had to wait on God, we often see that these were very beneficial times in our lives spiritually. Our fellowship with God is often much deeper because of the difficulties and having to wait on God.

Waiting On God

We Are Better Off After Waiting on God

“Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, God, tested us and you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” – Psalm 66:8-12

“But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:1-2

God’s ultimate goal is for you to become more like Jesus. A person of honor, high quality, Godly character, and a person of glory.

“And we know that in all things (trials, difficulties, suffering) God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” – Romans 8:28-29

Some Bible Verses About Waiting On God

“But those who hope (wait) in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

“Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  – Psalm 27:14

“Give ear to my words, o Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, o Lord, you hear my voice. In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” – Psalm 5:1-3

The more you know God in personal and real ways, the more you will trust Him. Even in and especially in difficult times. You will know that you need to wait on God. But you will wait in expectation, knowing that God is faithful. And knowing thatin His perfect timing He will come through for you.

Reasons Why You Should Wait On God

You should wait on God to receive God’s direction and wisdom for our life.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

  • To keep in step with God and His timing (Be One with Him)
  • God may need to prepare you first before He answers, and before He can use you in His kingdom work and mission
    • “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. “ – Isaiah 49:2
  • To stretch and strengthen your faith (to teach us to trust Him fully)
  • God wants what is best for you
    • Isaiah 48:17-18 – “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.”
    • Isaiah 55:8-9 – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
  • To ultimately experience God in new and personal ways, and to grow in your experiential knowledge of Him and in your intimacy with God
  • To learn to be humble and to learn submission

Waiting On God So He Can Mold & Shape You

God’s uses times of waiting for molding and shaping you to be the very best you can be. Which is to be like Jesus. Sometimes this involves God’s discipline. This type of discipline is not punishment for sin. It is discipline during difficult times to bring about changes in your heart and in your character. God uses this time to mold and shape you to have the same heart as His, with the same desires, interests, priorities, and passions.  

And God will use these times to make you like Jesus. Holy and pure. And a person of Godly character.

“We wait in hope for the Lord. He is our help and our shield.” – Psalm 33:20

“My soul wait in silence for God only – for my hope is in Him.” – Psalm 62:5

“Wait for the Lord and keep His way. He will exalt you to inherit the land.” – Psalm 37:34

Examples Of People Struggling To Wait on God

Waiting on God is not easy. But it is something Christians must learn to do. Humble self and submit to God’s perfect will and timing. And we must learn to depend on God, and not on self or others.

David – “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.”  – Psalm 22

Jeremiah – “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” – Lamentations 3:19-26

In Part 4 we will continue to look at more reasons why it is important to learn to wait on God and His perfect timing.

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This article was originally published by Kevin Bart at Pursuing Intimacy With God.

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