Waiting takes courage. That’s what King David implied when he said, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
Waiting takes a lot of courage especially when you are tempted to act. You want answers or results right away but God is telling you to wait. You know from past experiences that waiting on God is always the best option but that doesn’t make it easy the next time you have to slow down or halt when you would rather go full steam ahead.
For eighty-five years Caleb waited to get possession of the land he was promised when he was forty-years old (Joshua 14:7-10). During those forty years when he was forced to wander in the wilderness with the rest of Israel because of their rebelliousness but he didn’t lose heart. He continued waiting for the day when they would enter the Promised Land, always trusting God. He continued waiting until God fulfilled this promise, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it” (Numbers 14:24).
Waiting for years to have a child and watching your chances grow slim as you get older is not easy. Sarah longed to have a son but she was unable to conceive and after years of waiting to no avail, she concluded, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children” (Genesis 16:2). She didn’t know at the time that God had plans for her to have a son but at the time of His choosing, not hers. By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised (Genesis 21:2; Hebrews 11:11).
Waiting on God is never easy but it has its benefits. It teaches us to be more patient, to persevere and it builds our faith. Waiting teaches us to be more dependent on God and not in our own strength or wisdom. Waiting is not something we do alone. God is there with us, strengthening us.