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Real faith is a waiting faith

Updated on January 2, 2013

A waiting faith

While the earth remains, seed time and harvest (Genesis 8:22a).

When a farmer sows seed, the crop does not come up immediately, but there is time involved. Waiting is part of the process for what is being believed for. Time is a gift from God and when it is not maximized, the outcome of anything will be immature. Long term investors use waiting and time to receive back more than they invest in the present because time is valuable.

7 facts about a waiting faith

Waiting has nothing to do with how important something is needed at the moment, for example God waited 400 years before sending Jesus while the people who were in that era of 400 years needed Jesus also, but Jesus came at the right time because Galatians 4:4 says in the fullness of time God sent his son.

  1. Waiting is the proof of patience
  2. Waiting is the time given for maturity
  3. Waiting is not time wasted, but a time to serve:

    They that wait upon the Lord means serving him until the answer comes.

  4. Waiting is the proof of trust
  5. Waiting is the time for preparation for what is being waited on.
  6. A waiting faith is filled with hope
  7. Waiting brings a person to a place of maturity

On time but too late

The title seems like it could be contradicting itself, but in the life of Martha, Mary and Lazarus it was true. John 11 gives the story of Martha and Mary seeking help from Jesus because their brother Lazarus was sick. When Jesus got the word the bible says that he abode in the same place where he was. Like the two sisters, people today have encountered problems where they have sought Jesus through prayer only to find the situation becoming worse instead of better. Jesus already knew what he was going to do because he told his disciples that this sickness was not unto death. Jesus also knows what he is going to do concerning our problems today, But a waiting faith is required when we don't understand why we must wait so long. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and gave the sisters back something they never thought they would have again, a relationship with their brother. What are you waiting for? all things will work together for your good also.

7 reasons why we must wait...

God must complete everything

God makes all things beautiful in his time (Ecclesiates 3)

Notice in his time not ours

God is maturing us to receive what we are asking for

God will never give us anything that we are not ready for

God must deal with and get the cooperation of everyone else involved

There are more people involved than one may think

God is working all things together for good

Not until a person looks back can they see God's goodness

The answer to prayer is for others also

There were others at the tomb of Lazarus besides Martha and Mary and there will be others in one's circle of influence also who need to see God's reality.

God wants us to trust him

Rest is the proof of trust

God wants to give us more than expected:

Martha and Mary received more than they asked for because they wanted Jesus to come and heal Lazarus from his sickness, but Jesus raised him from the dead.

Waiting or wasting time

John 5 gives the account of a man who was sick for 38 years. Every year he would gather with other people who were blind lame and halt waiting on the troubling of the water. Once a year an angel would come and trouble the water and the first one who got into the water was healed. This man had been waiting for something that did not work because he was waiting on a system instead of on Jesus. Don't waste time by waiting on something or someone, but receive your answer by waiting on Jesus.

Waiting on the Lord does 4 things...

Provides renewed strength

Allows one to mount up with wings as eagles

God will fly one up over trouble

Helps one to run and not be weary

While waiting Galatians 6 says to not be weary in well doing for in due season we will reap if we faint not.

Walk and not faint

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and one step at a time until the destination is reached, one can have peace and not faint and give up.

How has waiting on the Lord influenced your life?

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes, waiting can be good! I'm not so patient so it's hard for me to wait, but I have learned that God's timetable does not often match my expectations!