Do you ever wish God would tell you exactly what He wants? I do! I wish God would call me on the phone or send a text with His exact instructions for my life. I’m a typical American millennial and I like things to happen fast and efficient. As a result, waiting on God can sometimes be frustrating.
The ability to know that you are exactly where God wants you to be seems unreachable. As a Christian, making life decisions is HARD. We take into account so many variables. For instance, how will this new decision affect our: family, friends, location and our own personal desires. PLUS! we have the all important question looming: “Is this the will of God for my life or not?” My mind goes crazy trying to think about all those things.
Actively Waiting? Whhaat?
Typically when when God gives you big dreams or visions they are not for “right now.” Sometimes they are, but often God’s time-table is different then ours. And in my experience, it usually involves much maturing and refinement on our parts before these grand dreams come to fruition. With that said… In enters the time of waiting. You are probably in a situation where God has spoken something to you (a dream of some kind) and you’re wondering when that dream is going to happen. Or, you’re in a place where you are waiting on God to give you an answer for your next step. I’ve in both of those positions… And in all honestly, sometimes feel like I continually oscillate between the two.
I have often heard the phrase, “actively waiting” in regards to waiting on God for decisions. It always confused me because I didn’t know how to put this oxymoron into practice. But, because I am in an ongoing season of waiting on God, I have learned a few things about how to practically act this out.
Waiting ‘on’ God does mean do nothing ‘for’ God
Just because I am waiting for an answer from God or for provision, does not mean I do nothing. God has placed you and me in our current sphere of influence for a reason. There are people that need to know and see the love of Jesus in your life. How will they experience God if they don’t see you acting it out daily? Waiting on God does not mean that we do nothing for God. A major part of the gospel is having the peace that paces all understanding (1 Phil. 4:7). We have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the gives us peace no matter what season of life we are in. What gospel message are we sending to those around us if we are constantly anxious and wanting to be anywhere but where we are?
In those times of waiting continue to serve God. How? Be Jesus to those around you. Do the people you work with know that there is something different about you? If you never told your friends that you were a Christian or that you went to church, would they recognize the difference? Be the light of Christ to those God has placed right in front of you. You don’t have to volunteer at a food pantry or lead a Bible study (although those things are good). You need only to start with the people God has placed in front of you.
This is the best way I have discovered to actively wait.
Don’t get distracted
It’s very easy to get to distracted and side tracked during those times waiting on God. Keep your eyes fixed on God and remember what He spoke to you. Write down the dreams God gave you and look at them often.
Resist fretting, refrain from anger, be still, and choose patience (Psalm 37:7-8).
It’s easy to say we trust God, but our response to delays, frustrations, and difficult situations exposes where we are actually placing our hope
But, when we choose to wait quietly and trustingly, we not only honor God but encourage others to put their hope in him as well. If God has you waiting, it is for a good reason. Trust Him.