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Whatever You Do, Don't Waste Your Wait

It is a hard process for many of us to wait on the Lord. We are told to be patient while we wait. We are told to not lose heart while we wait. We are told to be cheerful while we wait and even to be thankful while we wait.


How do you wait when what has you waiting is pain or what has you weighed down is grief?


How do you wait with good manners or a good posture when all that you feel is pain?


How can you wait with thanksgiving when you have no thanks to give?


How can you wait with cheerfulness when the only word you have is a moan?


How can you not lose heart when you have lost everything?


On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (Acts 1:4 NIV)

In this scripture, Jesus was about to ascend to heaven and He gave the disciples clear instructions on what to do before they pursued their purpose.


Unfortunately, our impatience can persuade us into making bad decisions, instead of waiting on God for clear instructions. We could save so much time and avoid unnecessary heartbreaks if we were quick to obey God’s specific commands. Waiting can seem like a daunting task, but:


To wait means that it is a promise worth waiting for.

To wait means that you have a promise that will come.

To wait means you have to receive it; you can’t create it yourself.

To wait means that you will be tested by waiting, at least a little.


If you are in a waiting season, count it all joy because it is proof that something is on the other side. Here’s what to do while you wait:

  1. Obey God’s revealed will (His Word, commands)

  2. Be in unity and fellowship with other believers.

  3. Be diligent in prayer.

  4. Read and study the Bible, day and night.

  5. Be committed to doing God’s will (even when you don’t feel like).

  6. Use common sense (some things are a clear yes and a clear no).

  7. When you don’t know what to do, do what Jesus did (WWJD).

  8. Be intentional about relying on God.


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