When It’s Wise to Wait


God often uses times of waiting to prepare us for His answer or to bring us in line with His timing and purpose.

Psalm 130:1-8 

Timing is critical in business, science, and sports. It’s also essential in a believer’s life. In order to keep in step with the Lord, we need to carry out His instructions in accordance with His timetable.

In God’s kingdom, waiting means seeking further direction from Him while remaining in our present circumstances. It encompasses both an attitude of expectancy—“God, what would You like me to do?”—and one of readiness—“God, I am willing to do as You direct.” It is our wisest course of action because we will ...

Receive direction. Too often, we make decisions based on the influence of our friends or culture. But God is the only source of true wisdom. He knows all things and answers us on the basis of His complete understanding. He is willing to give us clear direction for any decisions we are trying to make, large or small. He wants the very best for us in our personal life, whether the issue is marriage, school, business, or friendships (Ps. 32:8).

Get onto His timetable. God will also use the waiting period to bring us in line with His perfect timing. To others, it may appear as if we are delaying unnecessarily. However, knowing we are walking in concert with God will bring His divine peace to our hearts.

Be prepared for His answer and course of action. God may use a season of waiting to help us recognize ungodly motives and sin, and to strengthen our faith.

Acting wisely begins with hearing from the Lord. When was the last time you waited to receive direction from Him?

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