As Christians, the way we wait and our attitude while waiting matters to God. There’s no point claiming to wait upon the Lord with an angry, nagging or entitlement attitude.
Our words, thoughts and our heart while we wait can show whether we truly have faith in God or we are merely going through the motions.
We talked about how to wait upon the Lord in this Post. So now let’s look at ……
How NOT to wait for God’s promises to come to pass.
1) Waiting angrily.
This is the kind of waiting that comes with resentment and bitterness. At first, you waited patiently and happily for that husband, that job, that ministry or family. But months have turned to years and nothing is showing forth.
You are angry that God is delaying you in the first place, and you see waiting as punishment instead of God taking the time to make everything concerning you perfect. You can’t wait to get what you want so you never have to be in that situation.
Beloved, anger will not solve the problem at hand. When God wants you to wait, it’s not out of malice or evil. Remember his thoughts towards us are of good and not of evil to bring us to an expected end.
Any waiting fueled by anger is not waiting on the Lord.
2) Waiting without faith.
This is when the Lord makes you a promise and you don’t believe it. You are only waiting because you don’t have a choice and not because you believe that it will come to pass.
You try to believe but you can’t bring yourself to believe that what the Lord said will come to pass. What the Lord has said seemed so remote, so impossible , so unbelievable, you forget that with God, nothing shall be impossible.
3) Waiting with impatience.
This means you aren’t fully invested in this waiting period and a part of you gets tired of waiting and can’t wait to move to the next level. Not because you don’t trust God but because you are in a hurry to do stuff, achieve stuff, and access Gods promises. God has been talking to me about my being in a hurry to get to and achieve some things at the times I chose for myself and not at his own time. Basically he’s been like “Get your hands of that doorknob. My time isn’t your time”.
4) Helping God out to make his promise come to pass faster
This is closely related to impatience above. It is the kind of waiting where we try to help God’s promises come to pass. And to be honest, there’s nothing smart about this kind of waiting because God does not need our help for his work. This is the kind of ” helping hand” that Abraham tried to give God by getting Hagai pregnant. We all know how that turned out.
If God has promised something to you, why not hands off completely and let him handle it. Trying to help God out can only lead to chaos. Visiting spiritualists for a child, husband, money when God has promised you a child, husband or wealth is not how to Wait upon the Lord.
5) Waiting with murmuring, nagging, complaints and tears.
Believing in God for something he has promised you means you don’t get to complain,cry and nag about the waiting period.
Complaining, crying and throwing a pity party means you feel that God is deliberately being unfair or he doesn’t know what he is doing. Some people claim to wait upon the Lord and nag the living daylights out of their family, spouse or pastor’s life. Beloved! That isn’t waiting upon the Lord.