DARING TO WAIT ON GOD
“God does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing.” Ecclesiastes 3:11b (NCV)
Many times in life we feel like we are waiting for God – waiting for an answer to prayer, fearful to move forward without hearing from him. Yet in God’s waiting room we have to remember that there will be delay, there is an unseen battle going on, that God is preparing us for his blessing, God keeps his promises and we are in good company. While we wait we can write down the lessons we learn, act as though we already have our answer (Romans 4:17), imitate the habits that cause our faith to grow strong, and trust God instead of panicking. Let’s talk over a few of these.
“A time to plant and a time to harvest…a time to scatter and a time to gather…a time to tear down and a time to build up…a time to keep and a time to throw away.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-5
- Tell us briefly about something you waited for a long time. What was it like to finally receive it?
- Discuss how waiting on God has had an effect on your spiritual, marital or financial well-being.
“We are not struggling and fighting against human beings but against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm—the rulers, authorities, and powers of darkness.” Ephesians 6:12 (TEV)
3. It is important to remember that there is an unseen spiritual battle (between God and Satan) going on and we Christians are in the middle of it. Read Ephesians 6:12 above and share your experiences of how delay was not a denial from God.
4. Read Daniel 10:11-13. The good news is that God has power over the enemy’s attack. Share a time when you were discouraged or depressed because your prayers were not being answered. Which of God’s promises can you claim against the darts of the enemy?
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)
5. Waiting is not passive; imitating the habits that grow strong faith builds personal maturity. These five actions will prevent you from putting your life on hold when you are in the waiting room: keep praying, keep serving, keep going to small group, keep sowing and keep believing. How do you think God can use these to refine you when your dream is delayed?
- Keep praying: How do your prayers reflect your belief that your dream will be fulfilled?
- Keep on serving: In what ways do you think God blesses you when you are serving?
- Keep going to small group: How does God use a fellowship of believers to encourage and uplift when life’s delays happen? What can your group do to help other members when their dreams are postponed?
- Keep sowing: How have you grown spiritually as a result of waiting for the harvest?
- Keep on belie ving: If God cannot direct a parked car, what step of faith will you take this week to move towards your goal? How can your time in the waiting room amplify your trust in God?