6 Things to Do When You’re Waiting on God
As mentioned in last week’s post, and the week before that, there are many things we can be doing while we are waiting in the meantime. It’s beneficial for us to not sit around and just wait on the couch. That’s not the kind of waiting I’m talking about. I’m talking about the kind of waiting that someone does when it helps other people. Remember back in the day when we used the term “waiter” and “waitress” for people who helped us at restaurants and diners? These days they go by a different term. They go by the term “server,” isn’t that interesting? See, when we “wait” on God, we aren’t just standing around, we are serving Him in every capacity possible.
I’ve listed 6 things we can do while we are in the meantime, waiting on the next big thing to happen in our lives. These things, I believe will actually propel you into that next big thing. So let’s jump in!
1. Worship God
Worship will get you through anything. Worship has gotten me through the darkest times of my life. You may feel like you are in a prison of depression, loss, devastation, and hopelessness but through the power of worship you can break free. Paul and Silas were imprisoned for sharing the gospel in Acts 16 and when they worshipped, the Holy Spirit broke through so explosively, it caused an earthquake! Worship can cause your world to shake under the power of God! Don’t give up or throw int he towel but break through in the power of worship!
2. Walk with the Holy Spirit
The best times I’ve ever experienced weren’t surfing or going on a trip or being on vacation. Those were awesome times… but for me, the best times I’ve ever experienced are on my back porch with a cup of really strong coffee. It’s those times when it’s just me and the Holy Spirit. I’ve been to revivals, knocked out in the power of God. I’ve answered and given altar calls where hundreds of thousands of people responded. I’ve seen the power of God mightily. More than all of those times though, there’s nothing like hearing the sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit and having a friendship with God.
3. Work Hard
When I say, “Work hard”, I’m not talking about the 9-5… although being a good employee or boss is a biblical thing and it’s extremely important. Remember the waiting on God thing… it seems kinda silly but I think of it like this…. We don’t call people who bring us or food in restaurants “waiters or waitresses” anymore… what do we call them? That’s right… “servers”… I’ve found that if we serve while we wait then we are much happier and fulfilled in the process of waiting on the promise of God. What I’m talking about is working hard in the House of God. I’m not talking about butt-kissing the pastor either. I’m talking about serving God through the local church. When we serve our local church or faith-based volunteer organization with no other motivation except to further the vision for the house then God takes notice!
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
LISTEN! The success in waiting is in serving!
4. Win at Life
This is the part when we must continually “do good anyways.” Regardless of what’s happening we live life and we win at life. We keep our houses clean, we pay our bills on time, we take date nights with our spouse, we make time for our kids, and we do what we love, even if it’s in our spare time. We move forward with the living of life rather just constantly worry and fretting about the dream God gave us. The dream will come to pass when we win at life.
5. Wonder about What’s Coming
We can never lose sight of the dream God gave us. We must keep a sense of awe and wonder that God will do what He promised. And more often than not, it is way bigger than we could’ve ever imagined. Enjoying the goal is great, but enjoying the journey is better!We must keep a sense of wonder and awe about God and His dream for us. Hope propels us to dream.
6. Watch for Opportunities
I believe that the more steps of faith we take the more God meets us in those steps. God will bring us opportunities and it’s our responsibility to take those opportunities. We need to watch out for being opportunistic though. Opportunists use people as opportunities. This is selfish and God doesn’t honor it. People are the only redeemable thing on this earth and they should be treated that way. As we steward our relationships correctly God brings us more opportunities.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
So in conclusion, let’s keep waiting and working and God will bring the increase in our lives. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged! Your time is just on the horizon so keep SHINING for Jesus in this dark world!
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Please leave your thoughts if you feel led and let’s continue the conversation! May God bless you!
Thank you. God is faithful to fulfil His promise.
You are so right and there is nothing more thrilling or fulfilling than to know that you know you have heard that sweet, sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit … And it happens often throughout my day and sometimes it wakes me up at night, and when it does I just start praying, and the Holy Spirit takes me right where He wants me to pray … Having spent a lot of “meantime” this year recovering from foot surgery and staying still while the healing took place was an unexpected time of drawing close to God while He drew near to me … In retrospect, I consider it one of the best years of my life and I have no regret … Love your blog and love you so much ..
Love you Mom! Thanks for the comment!!
This is so timely. May I share this on my blog? I’m starting out a blog for single ladies who are approaching midlife and this topic would be of great interest to my peers. Thank you for such a blessing. 🙂 God bless you
Feel free! If you wouldn’t mind linking it back here that’d be great!
Ashley thank God for giving you such wisdom, you have always added value God bless you
Awesome word!!! Thank you!!!
Super!!!! super!!!!! Great words….
I receive this! Amen ty
Thank you. I have wanted to be a practicing physician since I was nine years old. I became a doctor in 2006, but in 2002, I had a stroke due to sickle cell anemia. Now, my dream seems so far in the distance that I want to give up, but its all I ever wanted to do. Thank you for this word. I now know I need to get back active in my church because when I was active, you’re right, it did seem like God was always with me. Again thank you.
Don’t give up! God has got great things for you.