Without hope, waiting for God can feel like torture, but with confidence in Him, waiting can feel like joyful anticipation.
Are you waiting for God to reveal His purpose for your life? Waiting for direction can certainly be difficult. However, remember this: without hope, waiting for God can feel like torture, but with confidence in Him, waiting can feel like joyful anticipation.
Here’s why. . .
Isaiah 30:18 says, “Blessed are all who wait for Him.” Part of the definition of “wait,” which is the word chakah in Hebrew, means to wait “in ambush.” Just thinking about this definition makes me smile.
Waiting in ambush for God is like a happy-faced dog who knows his master is coming home, so he stays by the door, ready to pounce when he arrives. It’s like a young woman who counts the minutes for her to date to show up for the prom. It’s like a freckle-faced boy who anticipates Christmas and counts the days until December 25th.
To wait in ambush for God means hoping in the future and what He will do through us, because we know that something good is going to happen—in God’s time, in God’s way. When faith replaces distrust, the agony of waiting can turn into hopeful anticipation.
To wait in ambush for God means I’m fully convinced that He is working behind the scenes. In it, I allow my heart to dream about the goodness that will be mine after my wait is over. On the contrary, when I wait without dreaming, my future hopes are not hope at all, but despair. The end result of waiting in faith is always a reward. But when we wait without hope we may act out of our unbelief through sin and run ahead of God.
To wait in ambush for God means I have to choose to trust Him until He shows up. I may have to ask myself, “Shana, what do you believe? Do you believe that God is at work? Will you choose to believe that He has a plan? If so, lift up your head, girl! God is on His way!”
Are you waiting for God to show you how He is going to use you for His glory? Are you in an uncomfortable in-between place? Do you need Him to answer a prayer about your purpose? If so, lift up your head and wait in ambush for God. He’s on His way!
In the meantime be confident of this: You “. . . do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Corinthians 1:7).