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4 Reasons Why God Makes You Wait

Does God have you in a waiting season?

Remember: When God makes you wait for something, it’s not his way of depriving you, but rather his means of changing you.

Because God is sovereign over all, this is applicable to all of life. The big things like a spouse, children, a new job. Or the little things like waiting for a text message response, or waiting in line at your favorite restaurant.

In life, you’ll wait. You’ll seldom enjoy it. But you’ll have to go through it.

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Is there any purpose for your waiting?

Here’s at least 4 reasons:

1) For your personal sanctification. God’s plan A for your life is to make you like Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Usually, the the longer you wait, the harder you’ll cling to God and his promises. It may not always feel like this, but in the process of waiting, spiritual transformation is happening in your life.

2) To reveal your heart’s true motives. God tests you not to find out how you’ll do (he already knows), but to show you, deep down, what’s really in your heart. Sin and idols in your heart will appear when you wait. Emotions of disappointment may come. But this emotion — all and revealed emotions — are paradoxically a mercy from God.

Why?

Jon Bloom says it best: “If you find that sin is feeding your emotion of disappointment, then your event of disappointment is a kindness meant to lead you to repentance.”

3) To increase your faith. If God always gave you what you want when you wanted it, he would be an evil Father. Think about it. Considering our sinful nature, if you never had to wait, you would never have a reason to trust God. We would do our own thing. We would never pray. We would not revere him for his character. If we never waited, our lives would be much worse.

But God will make you wait. Often. And he usually does not give you things on your timing. But as you wait, deeper trust is instilled, and consequently, your faith increases.

4) To instill appreciation in you. I got this idea from a Desiring God article. And it is so true. You waited for the job … and then you finally got it. You were single until age 38 … and then you finally got married. You couldn’t have children for the first 10 years of marriage, and then, behold! A baby boy! It’s hard to take certain things for granted when God makes you wait for them.

I can think of several times in my own life when God made me wait for something. During the process, I thought like the Psalmist: “How long, O LORD?” For a few of the occasions, when the wait was over, it was like I forgot I even waited. The joy of God’s faithfulness superseded the dread of waiting. This has happened to me many times. And this is the testimony of so many others. God will make you wait. He is never late. But he is never early, either — His timing and purposes are always perfect.

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and son. Learn more>

27 Replies

  1. If I could instill the 5th reason, of probably 100s of others, that God is waiting for all the pieces to come together; waiting for the cog to come around and fits the hole just right. There are so many other factors besides what we want to see, even very good things!

    Wither it’s abortion to end or world hunger to vanish, we don’t always understand how God is taking a bad thing and turning it into something good! Imagine if Joseph, in the Bible, was saved out of slavery before he became second to pharaoh in Egypt!? Would Israel been saved from the famine?

    Certainly Joseph being a slave might not been the only way he would have risen to position to save Israel, but the slavery was an ends to save two entire nations and who knows how many countless more?!

    When our perspective is the Kingdom of God, we’re less apt to whine about why we don’t have a new car or why we don’t have a new job. We instead embrace that God has put us where we are “for such a time as this!”

    God Bless!
    Dave Lee

    1. I agree! We have been praying for almost 4 year that our home of 13 years and farm on five acres would sell with double offer. We need a double offer to get our price back up as the economy is so bad in the realesate world. Our home has been on the market since the middle of June the reason we have been praying so long is I survived a semi-truck accident and we new we would move. Soon GOD will provide us with a double offer and we will have enough of our equity back we put into our home for the last 13 years to build our last home. GOD is amazing but we must wait on him and when things do not come to us right away it is another time to be grateful as GOD knows everything things we could never know. 🙂

      1. Very true! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Good words here… needed to read this.

    In Christ, Hannah.

    1. Hannah, it’s amazing how sometimes we read things exactly when we need to read them. Glad you were blessed by it.

  3. Hi, just wanted to say how relevant it is for me to have read this post today. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Laura. I’m glad you found this post to be a blessing.

  4. Awesome blog! Waiting can seriously suck sometimes… Well, A lot of times… Lol

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Haha. I know what you mean.

  5. Excellent points on why God makes us wait! It is difficult to wait but must remember it is in His timing and will to be answered. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my blog. May God guide you and bless you each and everyday!

  6. Been waiting all my life! good as always! I have moved https://thegospelofbarney.com Drop by there!

  7. Wow. This touched me deeply. Thank you I needed to read this. I’m definitely in a season of waiting and this was incredibly encouraging.

    1. Anonymous

      So glad to hear that. I’m in a season of waiting as well. I know what you are feeling.

      1. It’s nice to know we are not alone. And that family of Christ can connect in the digitial age 🙂

  8. Great post! In this hurry-up world, waiting for anything can cause us to lose our tempers, tongues, and good senses more frequently than we care to admit. I don’t know anyone who enjoys waiting in line. We don’t like waiting at stoplights. We don’t like waiting for dinner. We don’t even like waiting for good things – like for fish to bite. We want what we want now!

  9. God is not a slave of the human clock. He created time, so He is not under it. There is no late or early timing for Him–it is always perfect timing. 🙂

  10. I’ve been asked to write a post about waiting and this post in itself has been an answered prayer. Thank you!!

    1. Awesome! Glad you found it. Blessings to you as you write your post on waiting.

  11. Thanks for liking my blog! I so appreciate this post since I am trying to figure out how my patience has grown and why. I am worried its because I needed God to prove himself in order for me to be “ok with waiting.” Definitely something I have been praying about and will be writing about soon! Thanks again for stopping by my blog! Look forward to reading yours!

  12. Jonathan Ike

    Thanks David for the post; beautiful work! And thanks for the visit.

  13. First of all, thank you for visiting my post on WordPress (jyB Inspired). At the very minute I got the email notification on my phone I was praying about a serious situation in my life that has been ongoing now more than five years. I know God is working everything out, and most of the time I am strong and focus on the future when all is resolved. Ever once in a while, though, I guess I get tired. Today was one of them. Just at the moment I was in my “I just don’t know how much longer I can deal with this modes, I read the email from WordPress and saw this link. Immediately I clicked on it and it was just what I needed. Things I know, but certainly needed to be reminded of today. God’s awesome timing made me feel like you wrote this just for me — even though it was months ago. Thanks, I needed this. I’m good again.

    1. BJ, thanks for sharing that story. It’s amazing how God is involved in all details of life. Praise him for his Providence!

  14. Tesia

    Thank you for liking my post. And this was encouraging to read been waiting for certain things for a long time and all of this is true. God is soo good! Thank you for writing this!

  15. Deanna Reynolds

    Praise God and thank you, David, for this concise well-written piece. I knew waiting is for our sanctification (ALL things are for that!), and that our faith is increased by waiting, but the Lord has now opened my eyes to two other secondary-order benefits you write of here: revealing our true motives and instilling appreciation in us. He is sooo good to us! Love in Christ, your sister deanna (thelordiswithus.wordpress.com)

  16. Vicodar

    Thank you for reading my post. I also thank God for having a person like you following God’s mission to preach His kingdom. Praise God.