Early last week, I was listening to a message about Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 1. I won’t go into the whole story, but the essence of the story for me was the fact that the Lord waited until Elizabeth was 60’something before He blessed her with a child. I’m sure that it was not a coincidence about her age; since I’m 60’something too. However, my message today applies to all ages. I want everyone to know that “The Waiting is Worth It”. There’s absolutely no benefit in rushing the Lord’s process. No matter the length of time that we must wait, He is teaching us to be patient while He continues to perfect us, grow us, and mature us. So, as we pursue our purpose, success, and greatness, we realize that it ALL will happen in His Divine Timing. He will give us what we need, not necessarily what we want, exactly when we need it.
The Scriptures say:
15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;Psalm 145:15-16 NLT
you give them their food as they need it.
16 When you open your hand,
you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
Unfortunately, if we’re honest, we tend to compare, so we may wonder “Why did I have to wait until I was 40 to get married and she got married at 25″, or “I’m 60 and I’m still waiting to get what the Lord has for me”. As I’ve said, more than once over the past few years, I am living my best life; I know that I am truly living on purpose. The Lord said to me, “Now you understand why you had to wait, because I had to know that I could trust you”. Yes, the Waiting is Worth it! It doesn’t matter what you are waiting for, the Lord needs to know that you can handle it, that means spouse, new career, new house, new business, money, fame, influence, etc.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:1 Peter 5:6a
The icing on the cake for me was when I got to my first appointment early last week. I was talking to my client, who by the way is my age. The Lord has just escalated her to an executive position with everything that she’d ever wanted. The Lord has so much more for us, we just need to get out of His way. You may have to trust me on this one, but no matter what you’re waiting for, the Waiting is Worth It!
Now, on the other hand, have you ever gotten something that you would have rather not have, because you were impatient? I know I have and in almost all cases, you cannot give it back. There are just some things that we don’t want from the Lord until we’re ready. In the meantime, we must stay on track and allow the Lord to order our steps, because there is greatness ahead of us. We must keep sowing, even when we don’t see the harvest…
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season [at just the right time] we shall reap, if we faint not.
But remember, our work doesn’t stop while we are waiting.
7 Be ye strong therefore and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.2 Chronicles 15:7
We must understand that although we are anointed for the task at hand, we must continue to perfect our skills, if we want to be great. I am by no means promoting conceit, but we can no longer just settle for good…
28 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.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
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.