What Are You Doing While You Wait?
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
-Psalms 27:13 - 14
Much of our time is spent waiting -- lines at the bank, at the grocery store, in traffic -- all of it involves waiting. More than that, many of us are waiting for things to change in our lives: finances, careers, aspects of our marriages. Despite the fact that much of our time is spent waiting, many of us still do not enjoy it. We want God to hurry up and make things materialize in our lives. We want our husbands to quickly be the man that God has called him to be. We want our wives to magically turn in to the women God would have her to be. We want it all and we want it now. Yet, we miss that God does something beautiful in the process of waiting.
David wrote the passage above when he was running for his very life. David had been anointed by God to ascend the throne, but he had not yet taken the position. God called him king, but He was running for his life. I know you are thinking how is this describing a beautiful process? I assure you that it is. Even though David was anointed to be king God used everything he went through to train him for the throne. He used his former occupation as a shepherd as training ground to nurture and care for Israel. He used his service with Saul to teach him how to be a mighty warrior. He used even the times of despair as opportunities for David to continue to draw close to Him.
There were many years (scholars suggest at least 15) between the time David was anointed as king and the time that He was actually crowned. Yet, when God calls you something that is what you are. It is the process of time and waiting between prophecy and manifestation that matures and prepares you for the fulfillment. Your attitude in the "meantime" plays a huge role in your destiny.
Look at what David says, "I would have lost heart". Do you feel him? In your waiting I am sure that there were many times that you felt the same way. I would have lost heart in my career. I would have given up in ministry. I would have left my marriage. I would have fainted, quit, turned back, and threw in the towel...BUT...I believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord! David believed God. He had a million reasons to quit, but all he needed was the one to keep going -- he believed God!
Do you believe Him? Even when the enemy is chasing you and coming against you do you believe that you are going to see God's goodness? Do you believe that you are going to see it "in the land of the living"? You don't have to wait until you have gone to glory! You can see God's goodness right now. Don't you despise the process of waiting. Don't give up on your marriage! Many of us waited for this spouse. We prayed for them. Certainly, we can't give up on them. Believe that you will see God's goodness in your union. Don't give up on your dreams! Keep waiting and keep believing. Stand in faith knowing that you will see God's goodness! Wait well, dear friends! Wait well! It will be worth the wait!