Waiting

alone-with-god“Wait for the Lord.  Be strong and take heart.  Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

In this hurry-up world, waiting for anything can cause us to lose our tempers, tongues, and good senses more frequently than we care to admit. I don’t know anyone who enjoys waiting in line. We don’t like waiting at stoplights. We don’t like waiting for dinner. We don’t even like waiting for good things – like for fish to bite. We want what we want now!

Why is it so hard to wait? Perhaps we misunderstand what waiting is all about. Is waiting on the Lord the same thing as twiddling my thumbs? Should I clear my mind of everything? I have learned the answer to both of these questions is NO. Waiting has nothing to do with twiddling my thumbs in boredom. Waiting is not passive. It is an activity. It is quiet, active stillness. Waiting is a directed, purposeful expectancy. It is a definite directing of our attention toward God, waiting for His intervention in our circumstances and waiting for further instructions.

One way we will know God’s instructions is through His Word. I am aware of the tendency of some to take Scripture out of context to make it fit their particular need. That is not what I’m suggesting. Rather, those who earnestly seek God’s leading will be tuned to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Scripture was not made for us to prove our point, but to speak God’s truth to our spirits.

Another way we will know God’s instructions is through the changing of our circumstances. Not all change in circumstances is instruction from the Lord, so as we study Scripture the Holy Spirit will give us discernment to know the difference. Sometimes, we are so close to the experience we want to believe God has ordered the change in our lives – particularly if the change is for the better. We are wise to listen to what the Spirit says to us through God’s Word and the counsel of godly friends.

God is rich in mercy. He always has a specific reason for telling us to wait. Our responsibility is to trust Him. A lack of trust is perhaps the root cause behind our decisions to jump ahead in disobedience. What arrogance to think we can work things out better than God can. If you have ever wondered if it wise to wait, a closer look at the subject will answer your questions.

First, it is wise to wait because God gives clear direction when we are willing to wait. Remember, we don’t operate like the world operates. We live in the now generation. Instant gratification defines society. But we, as believers, live differently. We belong to a different family. We live in Light, not darkness. We don’t take our cues from the world. We take them from God. He will give clear direction, whether it is guidance for making a move, changing a career, choosing a mate, or something else. Much to the distress of many, however, He seldom does it quickly. We must wait until He is ready to give direction.

The world will think you are foolish for waiting. “Take the bull by the horns,” they’ll say. “What are you waiting for? It looks to me like you’re just wasting time and sitting around!” That kind of shame has prompted many well-meaning believers, including myself, to make rash decisions. Satan uses that tactic to take our eyes off God’s direction and causes us to jump ahead of Him.

God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8). We must wait until He is ready to give us counsel. I know it’s hard. I struggle at times in my life with waiting. I find the longer God takes to give direction the more He has to teach me. When things aren’t going smoothly, I have to trust His love for me and not complain. I can’t step in front of God and not get in trouble. Once in the thick of the battle, no matter how dark the clouds, how heavy the fog, how hot the fire, and how fierce the fight, we need to wait on God’s instruction. Once we make it through and His direction becomes evident, we will be able to look back at our struggles as times He was able to teach us most effectively.

Second, it is wise to wait because God uses that waiting time to get us in step with His timing. I have come to recognize the importance of being in step with God’s timing. I have a sense of peace. When I run ahead of Him, I have no sense of calm. Instead of peace, I am constantly trying to figure out how to make my decisions work. But when I am in His timing, I don’t have to worry about making it work. God wouldn’t have me do something if He had not already figured out how to see me through.

Delayed timing, from our perspective, is perfect timing from God’s point of view. Most of the time, our decisions affect others’ lives. In God’s timing, He perfectly meshes it all together. When what we decide to do affects another person, being in God’s will is doubly important because we have more than our lives at stake.

Third, it is wise to wait because God uses the time of waiting to prepare us for the answer. For example, God may say to a young man, “Yes, you may marry her, but you need to wait.” Sometimes, God does the same thing in business deals or purchases: “Yes, this is My plan for you, but you need to wait.” It’s so unnatural to wait, but the wise person does what is best, not what feels good at the moment. As a parent, I don’t give my children everything they ask for. Sometimes, I know the timing isn’t right. How much more our heavenly Father knows what is best for His children!

Fourth, it is wise to wait because God strengthens our faith when we wait. You might want to say, “God, I’ve learned as much faith as I care to. You can act now.” But when we realize God is more interested in our character than in our comfort, waiting becomes a lot more attractive.

Fifth, it is wise to wait because God gets our attention and sifts our motives when we wait. While you are waiting and praying for the promotion at work, you have time to think through your motives. Why do you really want that promotion? Do you want it to get more money or so others will think you are powerful? Could it be you want the promotion so you have a greater platform to serve the Lord? If you allow God to sift through your motives the truth will surface – whether good or bad. It’s amazing what we learn about ourselves through this waiting period.

How do we wait? First, we wait actively. We wait where we are, doing what God says to do, until God intervenes or tells us to do something different. It is probably not a good idea to quit your job until God has led you to another one. Most of the time, God is not going to say, “Do nothing and shut down your life until further notice.”

Second, we wait patiently: “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). We are willing to endure until He works. Waiting patiently is always easier when we’re resting in Him.

Third, we wait silently: “My soul silently waits for God” (Psalm 62:1). Remember Paul’s amazing conversion on the Damascus Road? Wouldn’t the natural tendency be for him to want to get to Jerusalem and give his dynamic testimony as fast as he could? Instead of going to Jerusalem, Paul went to the Arabian desert, so he could spend time alone with God.

Fourth, we wait expectantly. This is a period of time in which we sharpen our discernment and learn to look for evidence of God working. We live in anticipation of what He is going to do.

Fifth, we wait courageously because we are standing on the Word of God: “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I do hope” (Psalm 130:5). Waiting courageously is not the absence of fear, but a calmness and stability in the midst of fear, and inner sense of leaning on the arms of a perfect heavenly Father. We wait courageously claiming the promises from God’s Word that He loves us and will do what is best for us. Just because He doesn’t work as quickly as we think He should is no proof of His indifference to our needs.

What are the consequences of not waiting? When we fail to wait, we get out of God’s will. Even if you do the right thing at the wrong time, it is disobedience. Running ahead of God is not obedience. When we fail to wait, we not only get out of God’s will, but delay God’s planned blessing in our lives. If God is waiting so that He can stretch our faith and we run ahead, He may have to wait longer to make sure we have learned the lesson. We only lengthen the training time!

Failing to wait also brings confusion into our lives. We feel no sense of direction because we are going so hurriedly, and we don’t take time to reflect on where we are headed. We speed through important intersections in our lives and refuse any four-way stops. This is especially disastrous because some decisions are lifetime decisions.

Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned while we wait. Some of life’s hardest classrooms are waiting rooms. There are vast rewards in waiting. God graciously uses the long pauses in our lives if we let Him.

Here are six more rewards of waiting: We discover God’s will and purpose in whatever we’re concerned about. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25). God is not stringing us out to tantalize us. He is not saying, as do earthly parents, “We’ll see about that.” No. He is working all things together for our good and His glory.

We receive supernatural physical energy and strength: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31). During our waiting on God, He supplies us with energy for the short term and the long term. Impatience will make us weary and worn, but actively waiting on God will energize us.

We win battles: “The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His loving kindness” (Psalm 147:11). How wonderful it is to have the Lord favor us and be on our side! Most of the time, we’re defeated because we do it our way, in our hurried time. Contrary to what it might look like on the surface, waiting for God will ensure our victory.

We receive answers to our prayers: “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1). One reason we don’t see more answers to prayers is that we want the answers on our schedule and not His. We have become such an indulgent society that thinks it’s unfair to put off personal gratification. God knows just the right timing.

We see the fulfillment of our faith: “They shall not be ashamed who wait for Me” (Isaiah 49:23). We won’t be embarrassed when others encourage us to forge ahead instead of waiting on the Lord. I know it’s easy to say, “Suppose is doesn’t work out, God?” He will not let us down.

We see God working on our behalf: “God acts for the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4). Isn’t that a wonderful promise? While we actively wait, He actively works. Every single day we have the greatest Mediator working on our behalf when things go wrong and when they go right!

We need to transform our thinking about waiting. The only way we can do this is to understand why God asks us to wait and learn to trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense. Waiting is one of the more difficult things in the Christian life. Waiting is valuable. It is not wasted time. God gives instructions through times of actively waiting. He may change our circumstances while we wait. He keeps us in step with Himself and prepares us for answers. He uses the time to sift our motives and strengthen our faith. He wants us to wait patiently, silently, expectantly, and courageously as we trust His Word. When we choose to wait, God rewards us by allowing us to discover His will and renews us with physical energy. He enables us to win battles and receive answers to prayer. He fulfills our faith while working on our behalf.

With all the advantages of waiting, why do we so often rush ahead as if we don’t have a trustworthy Father? We need to hit the pause button in our lives and take ourselves out of the fast-forward mode. God will amaze us at what He is doing.

When we plant a garden, we put seeds under the soil, add water, and then wait. After several days of sun and rain the seeds begin to grow, and we finally see evidence of what we planted. Suppose we become impatient and dig up the seeds because nothing is happening? We would ruin our garden. That is exactly how we live our lives at times.

God sends sunshine and rain, yet we don’t want to see what He is growing in us. We get impatient and want to dig up what the Vinedresser is bringing forth (John 15:1). In the process, we ruin the fruit He is developing in our lives. Some fruit takes a long time to mature. The One who wants to bring it forth in our lives knows exactly how long we need to wait. Waiting is not wasted time. It brings forth the most luscious fruit of all!

Read more here: Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living.

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About Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Pastor Joe has been serving in Christian ministry for 15 years. He desires to nurture and disciple believers, helping them experience a deeper level of commitment and faith in the Lord. He is the author of "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living." Through a commitment to servant leadership, he strives to proclaim relevant Bible truth, equip the saints for effective ministry, and build up the body of Christ. Married eleven years, Pastor Joe and his wife live in New Jersey and have two children.
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145 Responses to Waiting

  1. RebeccaAarup says:

    “Scripture was not made for us to prove our point, but to speak God’s truth to our spirits.”–Yep, that was well said indeed! This post was fantastic on so many levels, thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to read more… ;)

  2. Tracy says:

    What a timely word! Several of these scriptures are ones that Holy Spirit has brought to my mind recently as I kept asking, “When?” The waiting does develop our faith; our patience; our obedience; and so much more. Keep trusting in God dear brothers and sisters and don’t run ahead of Him – He will never let us down. Blessings, Tracy

  3. layponders says:

    Your comments about patience reminds me of a song from the early 1980s called “Instant Breakfast”.
    “Instant Christian, changed over night,
    “Anything easy ‘cuz that’s what we like.
    “Help me grow, Lord, show me how,
    “Give me the patience, I want it now!”

    Personally, I ended up waiting almost fifteen, yes fifteen years before God put me where I should be. I never realized what was happening until after the fact. Sometimes we wait without even knowing we are waiting. I have a Messanic Jewish friend (she came from the Christian side but decided to worship in the Jewish style) who tells me over and over that I’m now much better to be around. I might have been bitter without even realizing it. Only when I got a taste of a different denomination (and that might be the only thing that’s at fault) did I start searching without even realizing it.

  4. Great article on waiting. Learning to be patient and wait on God in the right way is an important aspect of the Chrsitian life. God’s timing is always best but we usually only see that when looking back at what He has done in our lives.

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Amen to that! “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).

  5. Joe, I have been in this town that our Lord sent me to For four and one half years. I came with a message a pray of unity. I went around to the churches asking men to join with me in prayer many said it was a good but had no time. Others said up a time and place and we shall come, none did. More than two years i would go to the park on Saturday morning and no one would come. Then one day I too looked at Psalm 27:14 and looked up the word wait and found;
    wait in the Hebrew text is quvah, (kaw-vaw) with a primitive root meaning; to bind together, and a figuratively meaning of to expect so if one is to expect you are to wait KJV. So for fun I did this;
    Bind together with the LORD;
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart;
    Bind together, I say with the LORD!
    That kept me waiting and then there was fruit.
    Great post Joe I will bind with you in prayer and our LORD. AMEN!

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Sorry to hear your prayer group didn’t start up very quickly.

      David knew from experience what it meant to wait for the Lord. He had been anointed king at age 16, but didn’t become king until he was 30. During the interim, he was chased through the desert by jealous King Saul. David had to wait on the Lord for the fulfillment of his promise to reign. Later, after becoming king, he was chased by his rebellious son, Absalom.

      Sometimes, it may seem God isn’t answering our prayers or doesn’t understand the urgency of our situation. Waiting for God is not easy, but it’s worth it.

      I love your username, Men Of One Accord!

  6. Rita Palmer says:

    Your comment was exactly what I needed to hear as I am sure others as well. I have been waiting for God to work in my children’s lives. I have been waiting for God to move on my behalf and my daughter’s. I am trusting God to direct our way in all things. The mother in me wants these things to happen sooner rather than later, and after reading this wonderful blog you wrote Joe, I have added the last few paragraphs to my documents so I can remember what is most important and not be overcome with dread when things do not move fast enough or when there are no signs from God that the things we wish for are not going to happen. when I know in my heart, that God is in control and waiting involves trusting in the Lord.
    The scripture I have written is Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart
    take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!”
    Psalm 33: 20022 “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield. yea, our heart is glad
    in Him, because we trust in His Holy Name. Let Thy steadfast love, O Lord be upon us, even
    as we hope in thee.”
    Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”

    Thank you once again Joe. May God bless you and your family.

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Psalm 19:14 is a great reminder! David asks that God approve his words and thoughts as if they were offerings brought to the altar. I am sure many of us would change the way we lived if we truly understood every word and thought would be examined by God.

  7. Lee Ellzey says:

    Very good words, Joe. Thanks for the content today. Joining you in waiting.

  8. memoirandremains says:

    Thanks. Many useful observations. This will be useful. I will pray that God blesses and teaches you as you wait.

    I remember a sermon by S Lewis Johnson on Hab.2:1. He said sometimes you have to go out and wait for the Lord:

    “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. ” Hab 2:1.

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Very true indeed! Habakkuk stationed himself on the city walls to see what God would say to him. The watchman is patiently waiting and watching for God’s response. He wanted to be in the best position to receive God’s message. This is a great reminder of what we need to do at times!

  9. Tim says:

    Joe, great word man! I so needed to hear that. I might have to read that to our youth group sometime. Even thought I want to say that teenagers of all people need to learn to wait, I’m just as guilty most a lot of the time.

  10. Thank you Joe I really needed to hear this.

  11. Joe, your posts are few and far between – compared to other bloggers anyway :) but they are well worth the wait! Keep it up, I really do appreciate what you are doing here!

  12. Thanks for this in depths message about waiting. I had similar experienced a month ago, where I had to learn to listen, observe and wait upon the Lord.

  13. Dave Boller says:

    Thanks, Joe! Waiting is difficult for us to understand – you did an excellent job of piecing it all together. Blessings!

  14. cgute says:

    Reblogged this on southernnsoul and commented:
    I just loved this post. It spoke to me in the situation I’m in and hopefully speaks to you, too. Today it seems like waiting for anything is hard. From driving to life events we’re excited for like graduation or a birthday, the waiting game proves the hardest part.

  15. Jane Sadek says:

    Thanks. I’m afraid waiting is not one of my gifts. I always want to know what I can DO!

  16. cmdale says:

    Especially like your point about not using scripture to prove our point but rather seek enlightment from scripture. Waiting is never easy but it is always rewarded when we do it according to God’s plan. Thanks for the post.

  17. transitionscoachingcayman says:

    Excellent post and you made some very important points.

  18. Yoshiko says:

    Your article reminds me of the decision in my life partner, the purchase that I make, and even the inspirations for my ministry. And many other life situations and circumstances.

  19. ancientcures says:

    Great Post Joe, Waiting also includes seeking the LORD, and continuing in whatever the last thing GOD has told us to do, obey the last command as the armed services tells us. Thanks for your insight.

  20. Tom Rapsas says:

    Another fine post Joe. I am reminded of two quotes, the Tom Petty lyric “the waiting is the hardest part” and from Father Thomas Keating, “Silence is the language of God.”. I also know all too well the difficulty in waiting for God to respond when we want the answer NOW. Yet, as you mention, when we force the issue and call the shots on our own we frequently make the wrong call. It is best to bask in the silence, for I do believe that during this period God can comfort and console us. In time, through prayer and patience, the answers will be revealed, often when we least expect them, as long as we stay alert to the signs and synchronistic events that often signify God’s will. Thanks for your insights, Tom

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  22. We can’t wait because we live in a fast food instant must have now Mickey D’s society. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Army over 30 years ago and our favorite expression was Hurry Up and Wait. However I grew up with rotary dial phones, transiter radios, Black & White TV, Victrolas, 8-track tapes, and refrigerators that had to be defrosted by hand. The only thing in my life that has flown by quickly is my transition from youth to middle age. That could have been slower!!

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Haha! That’s funny and true, Deborah.

    • Hi Dancing, What you said is so true. I love one of the quotes I used in one of my blogs which said, “This generation is the only one who will stand in front of a microwave, impatiently waiting for a one minute meal!” (Tribulation worketh patience.)

      I’m sure Joe has this at his fingertips: How many verses in the Bible are of ‘patience’ and/or of ‘waiting’ or ‘wait’? I wonder if that falls only after ‘love’ as the most spoken of in the Bible?

  23. Oscar Cuan says:

    Thanks for posting. I think of, for example, David in the Bible. Think of all that transpired between his being anointed as king and the time he actually took office. In my own life, I had all of these expectations in my natural mind- maybe thinking a “straight shot” to the destination but God had His own plans with all of these curves, sidewinds, etc.. But, in the end, it all works out..if we wait on Him. As it says in Psalm 119, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Sometimes we want to see how it is all going to work out, but at times he just shows us step by step. God is orchestrating everything for your good behind the scenes.

    • Joe Quatrone, Jr. says:

      Thanks Oscar! Great reminder about David! He knew from experience what it meant to wait for the Lord. He had been anointed king at age 16, but didn’t become king until he was 30.

  24. JessicaHof says:

    That speaks powerfully to me where I am now, Joe- thank you so much for it.

  25. Joe- thanks for liking and reading one of my posts. I’ve enjoyed looking around your blog and appreciate your attention to detail. Your thorough nature will garner hundreds of reads, no doubt, all with a beautiful God-led message. Nice work. -Jonathan Atchley

  26. LubbyGirl says:

    Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Here’s a link to it, if you’d like to go there: http://remissionary.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/wins-day-twice-blessed/
    Have a blessed day!!

  27. Reblogged this on Welcome to Joppa Road and commented:
    “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
    26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:25-26. Had to share this word from the LORD.

  28. jms22782 says:

    Joe, Thanks for the kind comments on my recent post. I have enjoyed this post. May the Lord continue to bless you and use you as his servant.

    – In His service
    Pastor Justin

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  30. Ben Nelson says:

    Good Job! Love this word – thank you Joe!

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  33. robind333 says:

    Joe this is such a wonderful post! Really puts things in perspective. Really enjoyed the different scriptures you utilized to bring it all together…Thanks so much for sharing..Many, many blessings to you….Robin

  34. Great post! Sometimes the orchestration of events that must take place in order to attain the best outcome for the highest good of all involved takes more time than our human mind can conceive. If the highest good is what we desire, we will wait for providence to work on our behalf. Sometimes it may take a day, other times it may take years however, as we begin to connect the dots in retrospect we will see that God is never ever late and always on time!

  35. Pat says:

    Hello Joe,I did so enjoy what I read,it’s some good advice here,thanks for your visits and have a wonderful day :D

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  37. juliemomyer says:

    To humans, wait is the worst four letter word in the English vocabulary, but you laid out the reasons and the consequences for waiting very well.

    Blessings!

  38. Worn to Won says:

    Hi Joe. There was much in this that I needed to hear!! Bless you and I love the simplicity of your writing, it just planted in me so well. Live in the Victory. Craig

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  40. marymcleary says:

    A beautiful lesson on the rewards of waiting on Him. It surely isn’t easy but so much better than running ahead of the Master. God bless you in your time of waiting.

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  42. Thank you for liking my post on spiritual practice, faith, and life. I appreciate your thoughts on waiting and look forward to reading more of your blog.

  43. Yes waiting holds the promise of higher elevations in the Lord. For as you indicate waiting is not simply waiting, it is worship, it is service to God who is waiting on our loving and self giving response to His great goodness.
    Thank you for reminding us
    Jerome

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  45. lisahaupt says:

    Now that’s a good word! God bless!

  46. ‘active stilness’ – I really like that Jo
    I think that Saul is a good example of ‘not waiting’? It cost him everything

  47. ssofdv says:

    Thanks! I needed this reminder today. I have always been what I thought was an “independent” woman. God sure has a way of proving you wrong. I like “waiting” on God much better, although it gets tough trying not to revert back to doing things my way. It takes the stress and pressure off a situation.

    Thank you for liking my post, GOD LOVES WOMEN? YOU CAN BET ON IT!

    Terry

  48. Good subject material. Nicely presented. When I think about waiting on the Lord, one thought is the rest(s) that a composer will include in his music. The rest allows the hearer to reflect on the beautiful melody and harmony that he just heard. It settles in on the heart as well as the mind. Second purpose of the rest is to cause the hearer to anticipate what is coming next. This is much like waiting on the Lord. You used a reference that I just love–I love God’s word but some verses just hold special meaning–Isaiah 40:29-31. God is not simple and neither is His word. Verses have more than one meaning. In these 3 verses, God deals with 3 different age groups. All need energizing. Soar on wings like eagles are the youth; run and not grow weary are the middle-agers; walk and not faint are the senior citizens! Regardless of our age, we all enter God’s waiting room. Waiting on the Lord might very well be seen in this blessing/prayer using one of God’s many names: In my busyness help me to remember to come to Your table that I might be refreshed for You are ONE WHO REVIVES (Isaiah 57:15). Enjoy His blessings while you wait.

  49. Great insights about waiting being an active endeavor.

  50. ogdq says:

    I liked the story on waiting on God. This ministered to my soul.

  51. peggy wright says:

    I appreciate your thoughts on waiting, a lot of good thoughts.

  52. joseyphina says:

    Great post, Joe. Very enlightening. Thanks for passing by my site and liking a post. really appreciate it.

  53. katelon says:

    Reblogged this on Empower and Balance and commented:
    I really enjoyed this blog post and it resonates with my latest blog post, too.

  54. Hi Joe
    Thanks for the like you left on my post, Betrayal – it led me to this which proved very apt reading just at the moment.

  55. messiah gate says:

    Joe, thanks for stopping by to visit.

    I didn’t read all 116 responses so forgive me if someone covered this, but imagine if Abraham had waited on the LORD—25 years from His promise until the birth of Isaac. In his impatience, Abraham knew Hagar, the handmaiden, and Ishmael was born.

    The Middle East wouldn’t be such a hotbed if those two ‘nations’ were not striving with one another. I wrote about this in my post, Waiting on the LORD:

    http://eternalchrist.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/waiting-on-the-lord-2/

    God does things according to His timetable, and it certainly tests our patience.

  56. Yes. And I also think of waiting as in a waiter in a restaurant because as we serve God and seek God He gives us the desires of our heart (in the correct timing) I’m enjoying your posts and have followed your site.

  57. N/a says:

    I believe God led me to this blog. I needed to hear this. thanks

  58. Cali says:

    This was beautiful and was exactly what I needed to hear

  59. prayerlogue says:

    I’m very impressed with your teaching. I’d like to know more about you – where you’re located, what church you pastor, your background, etc. E-mail me if you wish. Bnprayerlogue(at)cs.com. or are you on facebook?

  60. Hi.. it’s been awhile… you were one of my first people to comment on one of my posts…. It’s not by accident I don’t believe that when you ‘liked’ my last post I decided to at ‘random’ look at one of yours and it’s this one on ‘waiting on the Lord’. What seems like forever which of course it isn’t but when it’s gone on for 8 months… this separation from our daughter it is so troubling to me. My daughter is very angry with my husband regarding an incident in the summer and also for years has distanced herself emotionally from me…but I don’t know why and she won’t talk. She also says she will not ever have anything to do with one of her brothers., Our family is fractured and I and many on our behalf have been praying but it seems God is not ready to answer. In the meantime our family is broken. Waiting can sometimes ‘break’ a spirit…. in this case mine. I admonish myself for not ‘trusting’ in the Lord…. Diane

    • That sounds tough, Diane. Perhaps I can offer some encouragement from the parable of the prodigal son. You aren’t the wayward son; instead you feel the pain of the father. Your daughter may be distant from you because of rebellion, a disagreement, a sinful lifestyle, a bad relationship, or they may have just walked out of your life. Whatever the reason, you feel the pain of being out of fellowship with her. I want to remind you God understands your pain. He is the suffering Father in this parable. I know that does not fix things, but I hope it helps ease some of the pain you are feeling.

      • ritap24 says:

        I know that family troubles are all different. But sometimes there is a commonality in those
        deep hurt feelings about being abandoned by someone you love more than yourself. I lost my daughter after a divorce. She was in college and I drove from Florida to Ohio to see her on more than one occasion. My point is that no matter what she said to me or didn’t say to me, or how much it hurt me, I never gave up. I knew in time that we would come back together. Without this hope in my heart, I would have had nothing to wait for. God gave me this hope. And I held onto it for so many years. I would call, write, keep in touch. That was all I had, except for hope. Then seven years later, she graduated and met a young man.They moved in together. I needed her help, so I called her, and she took me out of my old life, and gave me a new one. Even though I didn’t know what would happen, it felt like God answering my prayers. She was aware of me, as her mother and as she grew, so did her understanding. Her eyes were open and when her first child was born, she called me again and told me to come home.

        • Thank you… it is nice of you to recount your issue with your daughter… I haven’t and will never give up….She blocked every method of contact and would not return calls and blocked my emails etc. but she finally responded to a card my husband sent … and said she loves us BUT… etc… She said she would call back .. we’ll see.. A mother I don’t think ever can give up … but sometimes her efforts are hindered… I will continue to hold onto hope as you did… Thanks again… Diane

      • Yes …the story of the Prodigal son is one that I’m very familiar with… and it has come to mind regarding our situation…. By you mentioning it, it kinds of confirms that to me I must be just happy whatever she wants in the way of going forward and not dwell on the past at least for now…. It would have helped me heal some… if we could only speak in love….the love between parent and child… Thank you for your encouragement…Diane

  61. ritap24 says:

    Hi Joe, I messaged you, but wanted to ask you a question. A friend of mine wrote her book, The Wonder of God, in 2007, and now I am going to have it published on Kindle. This book has a cover that I can use. Ileta Jacobs is writing another book, and I am looking for a Title and photo for the book cover. I see your photos and I was wondering if you know if there are book covers or photos available for her. The Wonder of God, is so beautiful, it makes your heart sing. I want to do this for her. Ileta is from Antigua, and does not speak clear english and does not have a computer. Someone helped her get the book published, the the company scammed her out of her royalties, and the book was bought up and went all over the world. I want to help this lovely women achieve her authorship knowing that the words she rights will be heard by everyone who reads it. She is a dear friend and reached out to me, and I am willing to do any work God wants me to do, for her. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  62. Great post, very encouraging and much needed for today! There is always a purpose for waiting and I have found that God’s timing is timely and always perfect. I personally want to thank you for the like on my devotionals “The Greener Grass” and “Managing His Mansions”. May the Lord continue to bless your blog and may He give your much fruit from it!

    His Servant … Mikey

  63. camary1996 says:

    Reblogged this on God Speaks I Listen and commented:
    We all need to wait on the Lord at some point in our lives. I have to wait on Him everyday just to survive. This pastor has written a very good blog on this subject. You should also go to his blog and read his testimony!

  64. Reblogged this on Tricia's Journal Jots Blog and commented:
    Excellent blog post by Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.! Very helpful. I especially liked the part about HOW we are to wait.

  65. God is getting us on the same page. This falls in line with my “Unbusy” me. It also lines up with Isaiah 50:10, 11 (NLT) 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant?
    If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light,
    trust in the Lord and rely on your God.
    11 But watch out, you who live in your own light
    and warm yourselves by your own fires.
    This is the reward you will receive from me:
    You will soon fall down in great torment.
    I realize this is directed to the disobedient children of Israel, But, I think it could certainly apply to us when God has waiting and He seemingly doesn’t hear our prayers. If we try to walk out of the darkness without His leadership, we stumble and fall. Instead of peace and fulfillment, we will have discord and emptiness.

  66. gailmanizak says:

    Reblogged this on The Power and Presence Ministry and commented:
    Amazingly WISE words of wisdom for life.

  67. Gail Manizak says:

    Amazing words of wisdom. I could see my whole life through these words, the times I waited and the times I did not. Reposting that others may learn the significance of waiting. Thank you for sharing this instruction Pastor.

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