Waiting for God has become easier. Over the 33+ years that I have been trying to hear His direction and guidance for my life, I have found that my impatience is usually directly connected to what I don’t want to understand. I don’t have a punishing or threatening God so my answers are gentle but firm.
I sometimes say that God’s will for my life is generally easy to know because it is generally something I don’t want to do. In other words it sometimes takes me awhile to come around to God’s viewpoint as to what is best for me. But I know to stay focused on whatever it is I am doing. The following excerpts from fellow pilgrims helps.
From Steve Wright at porchpondering:
“Genuine leaders operate out of a sense of calling, not a sense of drivenness. The writer George MacDonald has said somewhere that real Christian leaders are people who are moved at God’s pace and in God’s time to God’s place, not because they fancy themselves there, but because they are drawn. The strongest leaders are those who have received a strong affirmation of their personhood, in a way which frees them not only to lead a cause but also to serve others. A sense of identity, a security that comes from knowing who one is, lies at the very heart of leadership” (Leighton Ford in Transforming Leadership, 37).
From Jack Zavada at inspiration-for-singles:
We need to trust that he will do the right thing–because that’s part of his unchangeable character. The right thing may not always be what we want, but only the perspective of years can help us look back and see God’s lovingkindness at work in our lives.
Waiting on God is hard, no doubt about it. But when we exercise our faith by turning our needs and desires over to God, promising to follow his way, our waiting ends, God acts, and we take another step on the path he has set for us.
From Pastor Bob at Christ First:
One of my favorite writers is the great pastor-teacher; G. Campbell Morgan. He writes…
“Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given!”