I Will Wait For You
‘Good things come to those who wait.’ How true this can be especially for us as Christians. Many times God wants us to wait for the things that He wants to give to us for a number of reasons.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Often we think we know what’s best for ourselves, only to find out later on that we are gravely mistaken. To you it may be about getting into a romantic relationship, but to God it’s about preparing you for marriage.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
We may not always know what God is doing in our lives, but we can surely be assured that whatever it may be, He loves us and wants the best for us. For us, we are only able to see a small portion of our life, but for God, He sees the whole picture, so He knows what to do. God has His own timing for everything; He is never too late nor too early. When God wants us to wait for something, most of the time He wants us to do something during that period of waiting. For instance, in the area of marriage, while waiting for your future spouse, God may want you to draw ever closer to Him so that He could prepare you for what is to come. A man ought to know how to lead his family and draw his wife closer to Christ, and a woman must know how to support her husband and also draw her husband closer to Christ. Both play different roles but are equally important and need each other for there to be a successful marriage.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NET)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The pain of waiting can sometimes feel so bad that we’d rather just take the easy way out, but what we fail to realize is that the pain of making the wrong choice is even worse. I recently read about a story where a woman married this man who mirrored her feelings about Jesus to win her over because he saw that Christ was a priority in her life. The man would pray and read the Bible together with the woman daily, but as soon as they got married, he started showing his true self. He would complain about going to church and would make up some self righteous theory like “we can make our own church, we don’t have to go somewhere to worship God.” It is far better to wait and be patient for the one whom God will give to you. You don’t have to worry about there being no more ‘fish’ in the sea for you, God will see to it. Entering into a relationship that we know is not the will of God for us is very dangerous.
Waiting can be a pain sometimes. But this pain is temporal and leads us to something better. Let us look at Romans 8:28 again – God works for the good of those who love Him; surely He is preparing something good for those who are willing to wait upon Him. There is a quote, “Sometimes we need to taste bitterness to know what is truly sweet.” Honestly, if God had allowed me to skip all the tough moments in my life, including all the waiting, I probably wouldn’t have been as joyful when I received the things that God had blessed me with. Part of the joy of receiving something special comes from waiting for it.
Singlehood may be a season where God wants His children to spend more time with Him and draw nearer to Him. Going through a period of your life where things are not going the way you hope, may be a time where God wants to develop your resilience. You may be waiting for a dream to be fulfilled. My encouragement is, while waiting, focus on what God wants you to do and learn during the wait. God is our loving Father who always wants only the best for us.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that You desire only the best for Your children. Give me the strength to always wait for the things that You will give to me and let me not make rash decisions. Help me to be patient because I know that there is an indescribable joy at the end. I surrender all my dreams and desires to You, for Your ways are higher than mine. Teach me and guide me with Your Holy Spirit, and let no one else take Your place in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”