Life is a race, and in the race of life everybody is aspiring to run, even at the highest speed. Everyone wants to be ahead of his contemporary. We all desire to go far in life. But as a child of God, as much as you desire to run ahead of others, you must not run ahead of God.
The Christian race is a race with the focus that is why the writer of the book of Hebrew said we should run with patience. As much as you desire and have determined to run faster than others, you must understand that your life has timing and the controller of that time is God.
In the race of life, your human strength cannot carry you through. Zechariah 4:6 says “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 says: I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
The race of life is a race with focus, it’s a race with determination, it’s a race with principles, and a race with expectations. So as much as you are ready for the race of life, there is one key needed, that is to wait on the Lord.
The Israelites misbehaved in their journey to the Promised Land because they cannot wait for Moses. Exodus 32:1-10. Saul’s kingdom would have been established if he had waited for Samuel. 1 Samuel 13:1-14. David’s kingdom lasted because he waited for his time. Job though in affliction made up his mind to wait on the Lord. Job 14:14.
What does it mean to wait?
To wait, means to delay in movement or action until the arrival of someone or occurrence of an event / a particular time. To stay where you are or keep hoping for something. It also means to remain neglected, to serve, to follow, to watch, to lay an ambush.
Waiting time is a learning time: life is a school, everywhere you find yourself is a classroom and everyone you meet on your way is a teacher. At your waiting time, there are things God wants you to learn. You must be sensitive and make sure you learn them.
Waiting time is a time of observation: life is for those who are observers. Your waiting time is a time to observe, to watch closely, and to take notice because whatever you don’t see during your waiting time might be a stumbling block for you in the journey of life.
Waiting time is a time of preparation: how far you will go in the race of life depends on how prepared you are during your waiting time. John Maxwell said:
“I’m aware that I’m an especially impatient person. But I think all people desire for things to come to them quickly and easily including personal growth. The secret isn’t really to want more and want it faster. It is to put more time and attention into what you have. And what you can do now. Give three times the effort and energy to growing yourself. And allow yourself to grow slowly and with deep root”
During your waiting time, you are to work on yourself, prepare for greater opportunities ahead, prepare for the challenges ahead, and develop yourself to be a better person. Give yourself the time and resources you need, because you can’t operate beyond your level of preparation.
Waiting time is a time of service: during your waiting time, God is watching the way you serve others. Joshua was appointed to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land because he was a faithful servant of Moses. Joshua 1:1.
Samuel was appointed the prophet in Israel because he was faithfully serving God in the temple under Eli. 1 Samuel 3:1.
Elisha received the double portion of Elijah’s Spirit because he faithfully served him. Whoever wants to be great in life must be ready to serve. So, your waiting time is service time.
Waiting time is a sowing time: those who don’t sow don’t have hope of harvest. Galatians 6:7 says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.
Ecclesiastes: 3:1-2 says: “To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted”. God expects you to sow during your waiting time.
Waiting time is a sacrificial time: waiting time is a time to make sacrifices towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose for your life. Before Jesus could be given a name that is above other names, he sacrificed his glory and took up the form of a servant. At your waiting time, you have to forgo many things for the sake of what you are waiting for.
Benefits of waiting on the Lord
Those who wait will experience a change
Job 14:14: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come”.
Joseph waited on the Lord and his destiny was changed from a prisoner to a prime minister. David waited on the lord and his life was changed from a shepherd boy to a king. Job waited on the Lord and his situation was changed for better. Hannah waited on the Lord and her name was changed from a barren woman to the mother of a prophet. Jabez waited on the Lord and his life changed from a sorrowful man to an honorable man. Going through the scripture, all those who waited on the Lord had a change of situation. Although God’s timing is different from human timing, those who wait will experience the real change.
Those who wait will have their strength renewed.
Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint”.
In the race of life, it takes waiting on God to tap the strength needed.
Isaiah 40:28-30 says“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall”
In the race of life, anyone can fall or faint except those who wait on the Lord because their strength is renewed. If you want to go far in the race of life you need to wait on the Lord.
Those who wait on the Lord are entitled to Godly Inheritance
Psalms 37:9: “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.”
One of the special packages God has for his people is that they may inherit the earth. But this package can only be given to those who wait on the Lord. The earth belongs to the Lord who is our father, and as his children, we are entitled to our father’s property which is supposed to be our inheritance. But this can only be given to those who wait on him. You have much to gain if you wait,
Those who wait on the Lord will be exalted
Psalms 37:34.“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
One of the ways to enjoy divine promotion is to wait on the Lord. Promotion doesn’t come by struggles, it doesn’t come by lobbying, it comes to those who wait and God has certified for it. Many people try to pull others down in order to be promoted. But you need to understand that you cannot go up by [pulling others down. Don’t run ahead of your time. Promotion comes to those who wait upon the Lord.
Those who wait on the Lord are entitled to signs and wonders
Isaiah 8:17-18.“And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.”
Waiting on the Lord exposes you to signs and wonders. Prophet Isaiah said he will wait upon the Lord because he knew that his miracle lies in it. People are seriously in haste looking for miracles in a fast and easy way. They are turning from pillar to pole just to get miracles but the bible encouraged us to wait on the Lord because that is where we can get our signs and wonder.
Whatever the Lord is not doing for you, cannot be done in your life, no Prophet, Priest, Pastor or anybody can do it for you. If you get it somewhere else, it’s not original and it won’t last. So wait for God’s timing.
Requirements for waiting on the Lord
Hebrew 12:1: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
The race of life requires us to be patient enough to hear the next order from the commander himself.
Patience according to Holman illustrated bible dictionary: means “an active endurance of opposition, not a passive resignation.” Patience is endurance, steadfastness, longsuffering, and forbearance.
Our God is a patient God. And he wants all his people to be patient in waiting on him
Romans 5:3-5.“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22 and also one of the characteristics of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4. If you really want to see God in action you must be patient as you wait on him.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Waiting on the lord requires hope. He is a trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises. Hope is the anticipation of a favourable outcome under God’s guidance. More specifically, hope is the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future. So, in waiting we have to wait in hope.
Hebrew 11:6.“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Faith is another major requirement for waiting on the Lord. As you wait, you must actively believe in him. That he is able to fulfill his promises. When you have faith in God, you will be faithful to him even in your waiting moment. Faith helps you to stay within God’s will for your life and give you the boldness to follow through in the journey of life.
God told Abraham to come out of his father’s house and go to a place he (God) will show him. Abraham never knows the place he was going to but faith help him to follow divine direction and he became the father of many nations. In the waiting room, faith is actively required.
Psalms2:8: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Another requirement needed at your waiting moment is prayer. You must wait in prayer. Everything was possible for men and women who knew how to pray, and it’s still possible today. Prayer introduces you to the world of privilege and brings the strength and the wealth of heaven down to your aid.
Henry Martyn said:
“Let me burn out for God. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh, that I may be a man of prayer”.
Prayer is a major machine needed in the waiting room to provoke God into action. The disciples in Acts 4:24-31 prayed to God and brought down the hand of God to the extent that everywhere was shaken. And this gave room for gospel expansion. The best way to connect God in the journey of life is to wait in prayer.
God’s word study
2Tm:2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Waiting moment is a moment when momentums are gathered. And one of the ways to gather the momentums for life’s journey is to dig deep in the word of God. No one can go far in any journey he doesn’t have the direction. God’s promises for us in Psalm 32:8 is that
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
And these directions come through God’s word. All you need to do is to keep studying it so that you can know the next way to go.
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
One other requirement needed during your waiting moment to enjoy the journey of life is obedience. A waiter must be able to carry out orders given to him. God keeps telling the Israelites to obey all his instructions if they will enjoy their journey to the Promised Land. So everyone in the waiting room must see the importance of obedience if the fulfillment of God’s promise will be attainable.
Anyone who wants to attain the fulfillment of God’s promises for his life must be ready to walk within divine acceleration. No matter how urgent the journey to you, you must wait in the lord for orders and within his pace.