Pastors are often placed in the positions of having to wait on God. This is especially true during such a time as this. Waiting for Him to answers prayer, mend relationships, change hearts, heal the broken, restore health, and for the shear movement of the Holy Spirit among your people – and now, for His guidance in the rightful plan and the strategic steps to reopen, re-enter, re-engage, right?
So, why is it so difficult to wait? Perhaps it is because we like control, and we aren’t, especially during such a time? Or could it be arrogance, that maybe we want to be leading change agent, the forerunner in how to re-enter, re-engage, and thus, find recognition in that?
Well, here is what I know for sure, regardless of why, we are in a ‘season of waiting’ – and the Bible has much to say about this needed discipline.
Allow me to give you 4 key principles in this:
First, waiting does not mean passive. The word ‘wait’ is a verb, meaning to have ‘a confident hope’. Thus, we live with the assurance that God WILL reveal His plan in His time, and so thus, we wait. It’s why we continue to live forward, doing the things we know are part of His will – pray, preach, worship, fellowship, serve, and give. We continue to be faithful in and to our calling as God’s servants. I get that the waiting for such a time is hard because none of us have ever been in this position before, but not for God, and thus, why it is not passivity.
Secondly, waiting means we yield fully to His will. I can’t speak for you, but my natural bent is to take matters into my own hands, try to work something out of what should be done, but true waiting, the kind the Bible speaks of, means we trust God, fully, completely, and we don’t make decisions on hunches, but solely on the prompting and timing of God’s Spirit.
Now listen, the danger, for such a time, is that we should grow impatient and then try to force things to happen. Thus, it is vital that we only move when it is crystal clear from God.
Let me give you a little rule of thumb, if you are asking questions, obviously it is not as clear as you might think? So, we wait, upon the Lord (Psalm 27:14).
Thirdly, waiting on God renews our strength. The Bible says that those who wait on God will be ‘renewed in strength’ (Isaiah 40:31).
It is exhausting to work at the will of God without waiting on God. If you are stressed, anxious about our current reality, wait. God’s way is never depleting. Confidence grows when God is leading rightly.
Finally, waiting on God is part of His divine purpose for you. Throughout Scripture God often put His loved ones in places of waiting. He does this to teach us things we need to know, and things we would not have known any other way. Remember, as we are waiting on God, I am also confident that He is waiting on us. Waiting for us to seek Him, trust Him, surrender to Him, and be obedient to Him.