Waiting On God’s Perfect Timing

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love

Waiting is one of the most difficult things to do, whether we’re waiting for a bus, a phone call or an answered prayer.  We become impatient and wonder why everyone else is holding us up and keeping us from getting what we want.  It seems like the more we want something, the harder it is to wait – and we even get impatient with God!

But we have to remember that God’s timing is different than our own.  He sees things from a different perspective and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in the grand plan for our lives.  All is part of a divine order and will be done in its own right and proper time.  Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it’s easy to forget this.  After all, waiting is “remaining inactive in one place while expecting something.”  And being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world – nobody likes that feeling.  But we must keep in mind God’s greater plan and his perfect timing:

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

- Romans 8:28

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“Trust in Him at all times, O people.”

- Psalm 62:8

What are YOU Waiting For?

What are you waiting for in your life?  A new job, financial security, healing, a baby, a restored marriage?  It seems that no matter where we are in our lives, we are waiting for something in the future.  Our lives are never stagnant; if we are moving forward, there is always something to expect or wait for around the next bend in the road of our lives.

There are many stories of “waiting” in the Bible.  In some stories, the waiting seemed to last forever, while others only waited a few intense moments.  The key to waiting is not the length of time but how we handle the wait.  The Bible teaches us that we should “wait on the Lord.”  We must look with confidence and expectation toward the future, trusting that God will fulfill our waiting in good and proper time.

There are three actions that will help you wait on the Lord patiently and with faith, knowing and believing that He will help:

1.  Trust – If we doubt God’s willingness to hear and answer our prayer, we may begin to feel bitter when we think God has heard our prayer but is silent.  Scripture teaches us that God is unchangeable, which means He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and we can always rely on Him to provide the best possible path for our lives!  God said that He will never leave us or forsake us.  If He seems silent now, it is because He has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet.  We must trust in His plan.

2.  Resist – We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands.  Patience is powerful.  Having patience is essential in many circumstances and the Holy Spirit is here to fill us with this patience when we feel we cannot wait another minute on God.  The safest place we can rest is in God’s Will.  When we rest here, resisting temptation is easy.

3.  Pray – How many times have you given a prayer request to God and felt He was deaf?  During these times, you need to keep on praying, but pray the right way. God always answers our prayers, but it may not be the way we want Him or expect Him to.  It may be a yes, a no or something better.  When we don’t immediately get the answer we want, we have a tendency to repeat the same prayer over and over until we either lose our voice or simply give up.  After we have given our need to the Lord, we must turn our request into a “Thank you,” and an attitude of expectancy, and say, “Not my will, but Yours, Lord.”  When we thank the Lord in advance for answering our prayers, it is an active display of our faith that demonstrates to God our confident expectation that His awesome power will provide for us.

This Prayer can help you as you wait on God’s perfect timing:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I have been waiting for ________________ for so long now, and I come before You today to ask your help.  I pray that You will increase my faith and patience so that I will put my whole trust in your perfect timing and plan for my life.  I will put my complete trust in You with confidence and eager expectation of Your answer, whatever that answer may be and whenever that answer may come.

Thank you that you are always with me.

Thank you that You hear my prayers and will answer in Your time and in Your way.  You, Lord, are without limits.

Thank You for Your unfailing word and that You always keep Your promises to me.

I believe with my heart, mind and soul Your plan for my life is the best one possible and I thank You for Your answer.

Being in Your will is the safest place I can ever reside.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We affirm  God’s Perfect Timing .  Trusting in God, to see His will and  perfect order unfold in our lives.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

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9 Responses to “Waiting On God’s Perfect Timing”
  1. Kimberlymac says:

    The Holy Spirit led me here because I really needed this wisdom and truth today . I got a very unexpected disappointment. I had a plan and things were going exactly the way I planned and then suddenly, it unexpectedly fell through. I realized this morning that I can rely upon God, even if the suddenly and the unexpe fell through. I realized this morning that I can rely upon God, even if the suddenly and the unexpected bring great chaos in my life path. He has not changed. I thank you for that truth, it undergirds me even now. I love the statement you said: Patience is powerful. I am praying for the power of God’s patience to keep me as He works out His perfect will for my best. Sometimes in the past, I have been so impulsive after these “suddenly” things have hit my life. “Patience is powerful” is the perfect mind-bite for me to chomp during these times when I am tempted to be impulsive. I am so grateful for that small, yet very significant piece of wisdom that lights my path today with wisdom that constrains my flesh! LOL! I also love what you said about “flip-flopping our request into thankfulness. That is really cool! I can see now how that is truly a confidence builder and an AWE-GOD developer, which really ties into something God has asked me to do this year and that is to develop my AWE of Him. Thank you for your ministry. I am a life changed. God Bless You Much!

  2. sandy renteria says:

    Thank you for your poweful message.I came across it in a time were i needed to be re-affirmed that Gods timing and will is better than mine because he sees the whole picture and I am limited to whats in front of me(my present situation)Its so easy to say Lord I trust in you Let your will be done…but do we really believe it? do we really trust in him and believe his will for our lives is the best? sometimes we speak a language of faith but its merely words that come out of our mouth because when we go though the fire we let go of Gods promises and grow weary….I think the lesson to be learned is not how to overcome our fears or our current situation or getting an answer to our petition…but the true lesson is how to truly genuinly trust in the Lord and be still before his presence, to be still means to remain in him, not to do anything but genuinely trust that there is no better place to be in than under his perfect will because thats were he wants us…what is his prefect will? sometimes we dont know but if we seek him in spirit and in truth ..and make him our number one priority he will show us the way and reveal himself to us the way he chooses and whenever he chooses to do so…his timing is perfect… hes never late… Hes GOD…hes loving and sovevereign we can rest assured in him because he has the best for us we are his treasured possesions, lets not limit God but realize how infinite and wonderful he is, he loves us too much to leave us dissapointed…so let us just be still and know that he is God!!!! because good things are coming our way, God isnt done with us yet, the best is yet to come!!!

  3. Basil Reid says:

    Thanks for your excellent word of encouragement!

  4. Sara says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear. I’m waiting until marriage to have sex, but sometimes I feel like I’m never even gonna get married =( I’m 21 and im college and I haven’t had a boyfriend since hs. (Except for a month my junior year =P) I’ve gone on a few dates but never goes anywhere. Usually because he doesn’t match standards I have–ex: one guy was a set up from a friends bf and this guy was agnostic and wanted to know how soon I thought I’d be ready to have sex. Ew. No. Bye-bye. Another seemed more into friends with benefits and wasn’t moving into relationship talk and he knew I was waiting but wanted to know what else was okay, then? It was awkward having that convo—I knew that was a sign I shouldn’t be doing anthing if I can’t talk about it. =P Ugh. It’s just like, okay God, when will I have someone I connect with and have chemistry with?? Somehow guys I’ve had crushes on have found it, but why not me ??

  5. Robert says:

    Thanks for visiting the Christian Life blog site and sharing your comments.

    You are a unique expression of God and He wants you to have His very best.

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    -Spiritual Compatibility
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    Be patient. Pray about everything in your life , including your “love life”. Believe that God has a wonderful man all picked out for you. Spend your energy loving God and God will make it happen for you.

    May God Continue to Bless You Richly,

    Robert Moment
    Author and Life Coach

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  6. Juul says:

    I have a very difficult situation here, like Sara’s: Waiting to have sex.
    I’m a man, it’s so hard to resist the temptation to go to some club and just get a girl in no time.
    But I know that God is with me and he works through me, if I go to a club or some quick date (have sex).. I will end up feeling very guilty and have some serious emotional problems.

    Yeah, it’s better for me to stay a virgin until marriage, BUT i’ve decided to give all my life to God and go in paul’s footsteps; not having a wife at all. And that’s hard. Especially in the western world where the newest fashion is all about sexual temptations.

    1 Corinthians 7:8–9
    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

    If one is not married, then they can devote themselves fully to the Lord. A married man will look to the needs of his wife, and a married woman will look to the needs of her husband. If we are not married, then we are not torn. But marriage is also blessed by God.

    - Paul is mentioning self-control in the bible qoute above, he says that those who remain single will need self-control to accomplish the goal. So for the people with the same plan as I do: Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord.” (If it’s God plan, he WILL give you a wife) and Jesus talks about sexual relationships:

    Matthew 19:11-12
    Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
    Eunuchs = Castrated man, by birth, sickness (impotention) or free will.

    So there are people who choose to be without marriage, and in God’s eyes it is fine. You know, it’s even better to not be in a marriage, Paul mentions it in Corinthians:

    Corinthians 7:28
    …But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

    My question was some time ago: “Can I still masturbate if my plan is not to marry or have sex?” or “is masturbation a sin?” the answer is very clear: Google it. And you will see that a lot of people say “it is finee” and “its okaaay,, just do it! No problem!”. What do you think? Well, I think it’s NOT good to do it at all. And I’ve done a lot of research.

    First, I want to give you guys some links about pornography (It’s connected to masturbation in some way):
    -http://www.inplainsite.org/html/Page13b_social.html >>> Very good site<<<
    -http://www.watchtower.org/e/20030722/article_02.htm
    -And many more, just google it with a christian perspective.

    Second, There is one very simple answer in the bible for mastubation:

    Matthew 5:27-28
    "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart"

    Masturbation is not just 'looking with lust'. People wake up! It's 'Imaginating that you have sex with the women'. And that's a lot more sin than just looking with lust! In your heart, you already raped her.

    Luke 16:10
    “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."

    If you have trouble stopping with masturbating by thinking the whole time: "Well, maybe it's not that bad" or "God will show me if it's bad" or any other pretext against your conscience, I have to tell you that it's possible to stop. And you are supposed to stop after reading this article because from now on you know it is Sin.

    Before I was baptised I smoked 5 years (I started when I was 13). I masturbated a lot, and used drugs.
    Well, to stop smoking was a stuggle, but masturbation was not hard at all! All you need to do is feeling guilty after you did 'it'. And all you need to know is that it is a sin.

    You can find it out yourself:
    I have listed some keywords to help you.

    - Masturbation is sin
    - Chi energy masturbation
    - Hinduism masturbation
    - enthousiasm masturbation
    - Documentary pornography

  7. Migdalia says:

    Wow this really talked to me i will jeep praying and i will keep my faith up

  8. Brenda says:

    I am waiting with my mom for her to be released from this world. She has been fighting cancer for 2 years, fighting-chemo, surgery, chemo. We are now in a hospice. Her next journey will be her final one. It is hard to have the ticket to the destination without the date and time stamped on it. All the prayers that seem to be unanswered are a reminder that all things in His timing.

  9. Robert says:

    I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

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