Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle—it takes discipline and commitment. I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.
Faith. The Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, the way He does things is usually totally different than expected. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.
Humility. To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility—you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.
Patience. Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.
Courage. Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won’t go wrong.
Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.
Fruits of Faith
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
The phrase “catch-22” refers to a problem that has a solution that is prohibited by the problem itself. For example, if you need glasses to see, and you lose your glasses, you can’t find them because you need them to carry out the search. A typical “catch-22” is when a job seeker is denied a job because of a lack of experience which he will never get unless he can get a job.
Not exactly a “catch-22” puzzle, but a conundrum nonetheless, is this theological problem: We cannot be saved with good works, but neither can we be saved without good works. How is that possible? The Bible clearly says we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). But it also says that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Actually, we can be saved without good works—like the thief on the cross who died immediately after placing his faith in Christ (Luke 23:43). But as a rule, good works are evidence of our faith, a sign that our faith is alive and well (Ephesians 2:10).
We should look regularly—examine ourselves—for the fruits of our faith: the good works we were saved to carry out.
Faith and works are like the light and heat of a candle; they cannot be separated. Author Unknown
Recommended Reading: James 2:14-17