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Watching and Waiting

One of the hardest things for us to do in this age of technology is to watch and wait. When a website takes longer than usual to load, we mutter not-so-nice words under our breath. When the street light seems to take forever to change or the person in front of us does not notice it changed and move at a rate we expect, we get frantic. When we push a button a few times for the elevator, we continue to push it again if the elevator does not rush to our floor. We live a life of rush, of busyness, of frantic racing from place to place or task to task. But God’s Word tells us that we were never meant to be zooming around everywhere like a chicken with its head cut off.

In Proverbs 8:34, it says that we will be blessed if we listen, watch, and wait. This seems simple. Listen. Watch. Wait. But to do these three things is not so easy. To listen, means we need to be intentional. You may have heard the phrase, “Put on your listening ears.” For a child of God to have listening ears, it means we have ourselves ready to listen. The noise of the world isn’t drowning out God’s voice. We have made time to hear. We have found a place that will promote the stillness we need to hear the still small voice.

Not only are we to listen, but we are to watch. We watch God move with our eyes. We watch what He has for us. But we don’t act. It says we watch and wait. This is not the typical sequence of action for us. We are accustomed to watching someone show us how to do it, and then start following the How-To video to accomplish the same project or cook the same meal. God wants us to listen and watch for Him, and only move when He wants us to move. To be in His will, to walk so closely to Him, following His instruction, requires us to listen, to watch, and to wait. This is what abiding in Him is all about—and living this way results in living a life that is blessed.

“Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.” – Proverbs 8:34 [ESV]

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Waiting on God

Waiting on God

One of the hardest things to do is to wait for God. I will be the first to admit that I can get impatient. I like to get things done. When there is a project, a problem, an assignment, a task to be done, a schedule, etc., I am on top of things and I want things done at a set time and if things are slowed down, if someone or something makes me wait, I get frustrated. When it comes to waiting on God, there are moments when I am ready to jump in with both feet, but it’s not go time. God didn’t tell me to move. But still, I want to move. I want to get started. I want to get going. It looks like it’s time.

Waiting on God requires more than patience—it requires faith. Faith in His timing. Noah was on the ark for a very long time; scholars say he and his family were on that ark for a year. Wow. Imagine being on a boat of sorts for an entire year with your family and animals galore. I can hardly make it in my car on a road trip with my kids and the dog without wanting to jump out of the car (while it is moving).

The dove came back holding an olive leaf. The water had subsided. Verse 11 says that “Noah knew that the waters had subsided.” So he waits another week and then sends out a dove again. Then they take the top of the ark off, but they still do not leave. They do not leave until God says, “Go out from the ark” (v. 16a ESV). Talk about waiting on God. Today, may you find ways in your life to wait on Him. Stop trying to rush decisions and actions. Pull yourself back and pray about things. Consider your steps.

“Then God said to Noah, ‘God out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” – Genesis 8:15-16 [ESV]

Great Patience

In Genesis 26, we read about how the servants of Isaac dug wells not once, but three times, all because of disputes regarding wells. The action of filling in a well was considered an act of war. Water was very scarce in the area so water was precious to people.

As we read that this happened not once but three times, we can see great patience demonstrated by Isaac in a time when most would have attacked. He did not go after the herders of Gerar regarding the wells, but continued onward until there was a well dug with no dispute. After the many attempts, this well, Rehoboth, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land,” was a reward of patience.

There are moments when we have people pushing our buttons and it would seem fitting to attack. God wants us to be patient and respond with love.

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” – Psalm 37:7-9 [NLT]

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