How often have we been in situations that showed us that we were not as spiritually mature as we once thought? How often do we have to relearn the same gospel-returning to milk from solid food? How often have we gotten into a groove with God, only to fall back into inconsistency? Really, how many times have we believed, doubted, believed, and doubted while waiting? When did we take the time to “Work the Wait”?
It is incumbent for a believer to wait diligently on God. I’ve waited in lines at stores, waited for things to come in the mail, waited for my hair to dry, and et cetera. Each time I engaged in an activity, I planned on waiting. Similar to going to the doctor’s office, or the Motor Vehicle Administration, I expect to wait. If the concept of waiting is expected in a natural sense, why is it that we have such a hard time waiting in the spirit realm?
Often, we approach God with a wish list, or sometimes a list of dire needs; however, our faith is unstable. Presumably, we have more faith in the customer service worker at the agency than God who rules and reigns in the entire universe. We do not like the wait at the agencies, but we endure it, because of the expected outcome. There is no doubt whatsoever in our minds that when our number is called we will accomplish our task, yet in praying and waiting we faint.
An unspeakable number of us actually turn our backs on God during the waiting period. This makes me question our assurity of the capabilities of whom we are waiting for. Unlike the customer service representative, we are waiting on the all knowing, all powerful, unchangeable, immovable, mighty, sovereign, holy, perfect, just, and fair God. Psalm 37:25 declares, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” God promised that he would keep no good thing from us.
This next scripture elucidates the power of asking, believing, and waiting on God. It states that we have not because we didn’t ask. Some have read this scripture and asked God for things that were not in line with His will and did not receive. Others have asked God with evil intentions, pride, malice, and wickedness resting in them, and wondered why they did not received. James 4:2-3 states, “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Then there are those like myself, who have asked God-received a “Yes!”-but have not received. The reason we have not yet received is manifold.
“Working the Wait”, is actively being used by God, worshipping God, and surrendering to God whilst you wait. For instance, if I am waiting for God to increase my finances, I do not sit home and wait for my situation to change; I use the gifts, resources, and abilities that I have been blessed with to work while I wait. If I want my ministry to be blessed, I do not cross my legs and wait for God to establish it; I get everything in me on one accord with God and, Hallelujah! be a blessing to the Kingdom with what I have.
Sure, it may feel like you are wasting your time. No one is joining you, you don’t have an abundance of followers. Perhaps you have less financial resources than before you asked God for help. So what! Take what you have, the items that seem useless that you walk pass on a day to day basis, the gifts that you have been sleeping on, the network that has been otherwise invisible until now, and Work the Wait!
Show God what you can do with what He has already blessed you with. It’s like when my son asks for more toys, and he has invested zero time and energy into the toys he already has. The first thing that comes to my mind, show me what you can do with the toys that you have, and then I will give you more. What’s funny is that God knows our thoughts and the secrets of our hearts. If we ask God for something with an inkling of doubt, He knows. Doubt is offensive to God. Doubt says God, you can’t do that, you won’t bless me like that, you are incapable of that. Then to further insult God, we make alternative plans just in case He does not come through.
Working the Wait, is not helping God, it is doing what you can with what God gave you. This blog conjures up the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-21. God wants us to use what he gave us. Matthew 25:20-21 reports, “ And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more. His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”
The servant took what God gave him and doubled it! God was pleased with him, and called him a “good and faithful servant.” God even provided the servant with rest. Hint, hint- only those who are working need rest! I’m quite sure your desire is to be a pleasing aroma to God; use what you have to impact the kingdom of the Most High God. God has programmed each of us with something useful for His Kingdom; it is negligence not to use your God given gifts. Imagine giving someone a present, they look at it, and put it in a closet for 15 years. Ouch!
“Work the wait!” As a matter of fact, while you are working your wait, you can forget that you are waiting. Suddenly, at the appointed time, God will open up the windows of heaven and provide you with more than you expected!”Work the wait!”