For those of you who are newborns in the Lord and at a fairly young age, expect God over the course of your life to try and work the quality of patience into your personality by making you wait for certain things to happen in your life.
I can tell you from first-hand experience that God will sooner or later make a move to work patience into your personality, and one of the ways He will do it is by making you literally wait for Him to make something happen in your life.
There will be times that you will feel your patience and faith in Him get literally stretched to a point where you feel you can no longer hold on, and then He will come in with the big breakthrough you have been waiting for.
Again, just realize that God’s time frame is much different than our time frame, and your patience will sometimes be tested, especially if you have been spoiled by the fast pace in which things now get done in our world today.
To those of you who have been walking with the Lord for years, I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about, as I have yet to meet a mature and seasoned Christian who has not had their patience tested sometime in their walk with the Lord.
Here are a few good examples in your life where God could ask you to wait on Him so He can work the quality of patience into your personality.
1. Waiting For Your Soulmate
If it is in God’s perfect will that you get married in this life, then you will have to wait for His timing as to when He will want to bring this person into your life. Do not try and rush this.
God knows best as to who you should be marrying in this life, and He also knows best as to when this person should be brought into your life.
You and this other person may need some preparation for marriage before God will want the marriage to occur, so you have to let God do what He wants with each one of you in the time frame that He wants to work all of this out.
Not waiting for God’s perfect timing to bring this person in your life could cause you to marry the wrong person you may be dating, all because you did not have the patience to wait for the person God has in mind for you.
I have seen this happen to several girls in the past, and both were divorced within a year after marrying the wrong person. And this was all due to the fact that they got too impatient while waiting for God to bring them the right person He had in mind for them.
2. Waiting for God to Release You Into Your True Calling
If God is telling you exactly what your call is going to be in your life before you actually reach that call, then you will have to wait for God’s timing as to when that call will be brought into your life.
Many of these calls will take a certain amount of time before they are actually released into your life. The reason being is that God has to properly prepare you for the call He will have on your life, and that preparation usually takes years, not months.
So be patient while God slowly and methodically raises you up in the calling that He has set up for your life. If you do, then you will be fully ready to move into that call once the door opens up for you.
3. Waiting for God to Promote You Into Your Next New Job
As you are waiting for that big call to come into your life, God will have you take different jobs along the way before you actually reach that call. Once you step into those different jobs, you will have to wait for God’s timing as to when you will move into the next new job.
And not only will God guide you as to what different jobs He will want you to take, but He will also be guiding you as to when to take those specific new jobs.
These different jobs will be very important for your growth in Him, as they will all be used by God to train you and build you up into what your true calling is going to be in Him down the road.
This is why you have to make sure that you stay in each job long enough so God can work into you what He wants too, as each one of these different jobs will be actual stepping stones and building blocks that will help lead you into your true calling with Him.
God knows exactly how long you will have to stay in each job so He can work into you what He needs to. If you stay in each one of these jobs long enough so God can properly complete your preparation, then you will be fully ready to go when your true calling is given to you by the Lord.
4. In the Area of Spiritual Warfare
If God wants to raise you up in the area of spiritual warfare, you will need to choose your battles very wisely and very carefully, and be guided by God as to which deliverance cases to take on and exactly when to move into combat to deliver someone from demons.
God is our Commander-in-Chief and we now have to follow His orders and directions as to how to handle each one of these types of cases, along with staying with His perfect timing on when to move into action.
Not waiting for God’s perfect timing could get you into serious trouble with Him. God may want you to wait for a certain period of time before sending you in to deliver someone from demons.
There may be something He will have to prepare the person for before He is ready to deliver them. If you move ahead of God’s timing, that person may not be properly prepared to receive their deliverance from Him.
5. In the Area of Sanctification
As we have showed you in article titled, “Sanctification,” God’s highest and ultimate aim for all of us is to make us into a better and more holy people.
He wants to transform us into the express image of His Son Jesus. He wants to set us apart and consecrate us to Himself so He can make us into more holy instruments of righteousness for His use.
However, what you have to realize is that this sanctification and transformation in the Lord will not occur overnight. God will sanctify you slowly and progressively over the course of your entire life.
It is not something that will be done overnight. As such, we have to have patience with the way God will want to work out this part of our walk with Him.
You have to let God build you up in the way and in the time frame He will want to use. If a teenager grows to fast during puberty, they will get stretch marks on their skin. In the same way, true spiritual growth in the Lord is a slow and progressive process.
As such, we have to learn how to have patience with the Lord in this area and not get too frustrated when we are not changing and transforming as fast as we would like in Him.
6. In the Area of Divine Healing
Another major area in our walk with the Lord where we have to learn how to have more patience is in the area of divine healing.
Many of the times when God will want to heal someone, He will want to do it progressively over a certain period of time. People call this a progressive type healing when they see this occur with the Lord.
There are times when God will move to heal immediately and instantaneous, and these types of miracles are always very dramatic when they occur.
But sometimes God will choose to heal someone more slowly over a certain period of time. And if He chooses this kind of route with any of us, we have to have patience to stay the course, along with keeping our faith and trust fully intact with Him so we do not lose the healing with Him.
Just realize that God will heal in many different ways, and in each one of these different ways, there again will be a timing factor as to when He will want to actually do it.
The Holy Spirit will help guide you through this so you do not get too impatient while waiting for the actual healing to manifest for either you or the other person you may be praying for.
Many people have walked out on their healings with the Lord before they would have actually occurred, all due to impatience and frustration at not getting the healing fast enough.
7. In the Area of Specific Prayers
As we all know in the arena of prayer with the Lord, sometimes we will get our prayers answered very quickly with the Lord, other times we will not. And when God does not answer some of our prayers as fast as we think He should, we once more tend to get very impatient.
Again, this is another major area where you have to completely rely on God’s perfect timing as to when He will want to answer some of your prayers.
God can see perfectly into the future, we cannot. As such, God will always know best as to when to answer your prayers.
Some of our prayers may be very specific chess moves God will want to make with our lives, so we have to wait on God’s perfect timing as to when He will want to actually answer some of our specific prayers.
8. Specific Chess Moves to be Made on Your Job
Whether you are actually in your calling, or in one of the jobs that will eventually lead into your true calling, one of the things you will find occurring is that the Holy Spirit will lead you as you go through your normal every day activities on the job.
You will sense Him leading you in various tasks and duties on the job, as the Bible calls Him the Helper. In other words, the Holy Spirit will actually help you do your job and be very good at it if you can learn how to recognize His leadings and what He is guiding you to do.
What you will find in this area is that God will sometimes have you wait on certain tasks He will want you to do on the job.
If you can learn how to wait on God’s timing on when to move and when not to move, you will end up being very good and successful in each one of the jobs that God will have you work at in this life.
9. Waiting for God to Bring Children in Your Marriage
Another area where I have seen God make people wait for a certain period of time before He actually makes it happens is in the area of when a married couple will get pregnant and bring children into the world.
You saw how long God made Abraham wait for his son Isaac to be born – a good 25 years.
If you have fully surrendered your entire life into God’s hands, along with your entire marriage, then God will make the pregnancy or pregnancies occur on His set timetable just like He did with Abraham and Isaac.
This again is another area where you will have to fully trust the Lord, especially if you have been trying to get pregnant and nothing has happened yet.
Let God bring the number of children He will want you to have in this life in the time frame that He will want to do all of this in.
Again, there are always reasons for the things God will want to do, and we always have to be guided by His wisdom on when these types of heavier prayer requests will be answered by Him.
10. Waiting for God to Deliver You From a Trial
Per our article, “Trials and Tribulations – The Testing of Your Faith,” there will be times that God will allow a certain amount of trials to occur in your life.
We give you in this article some of those reasons, and the major verses from Scripture as to why we all have to go through a certain amount of trials and tribulations in this life.
But one of the things that will occur on some of the trials that God will allow into our lives for the reasons mentioned in the above article, is that some of these trials will have a certain amount of length to them.
In other words, God is not going to quickly deliver you from some of these trials. They will have a date and time stamped on them as to when God will finally deliver you from the trial.
And if God wants a particular trial to last for a little season in our lives so He can work in us what He needs to for our own spiritual growth in Him, then we will need to have the patience to wait on His timing as to when He will deliver us from the trial.
Try to pull out of these trials before God is ready to release you, and you could end up stunting your spiritual growth in Him in the sanctification realm, along with possibly disrupting His well laid out plans for your life and the call that He has set up for your life.
Some of these trials will be used by God to train you and toughen you up for what your call is going to be in Him. Pull out of these trials before God is ready to release you, and you could end up causing a major delay to occur as to when His call will be finally given to you, as you did not allow Him to properly complete what He was wanting to get done with you in the trial.
11. Many Different Miscellaneous Matters in Your Life
As you can see from some of the above examples, there are a number of major areas in your walk with the Lord where you will have no other alternative but to wait on His perfect timing as to when He will want to make certain things happen in your life.
In addition to some of the above examples, there will also be many other smaller to medium type matters that will occur in your life where you again will have to wait on God’s perfect timing to get something done, or wait for Him to bring you something that you will need to solve the problem you may be dealing with.
You will need to rely on God’s timing on many things that will occur in your marriage with your spouse and children, along with all of the interaction that will occur with the good friends you have in this life.
Just learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit as to not only what to do in certain situations, but when to move with what He is guiding you to do.
God’s wisdom and timing will always be perfect in every single situation that you will ever face in this life – so learn how to rely on it, as it will help keep you safe and out of harm’s way, along with keeping you on His divine path for your life, and making your life that much more productive in Him.
As we said at the top of this article, I believe that learning how to be patient with the Lord, and learning how to wait for His perfect timing to make certain things happen in your life is one of the most frustrating things in our walk with Him.
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will sometimes tell us things to come before they actually come. And when God gives you a direct word that a specific thing will occur in your life sometime down the road, you can get really impatient while waiting for it to come to pass.
Your flesh will really act up and try to get its own way, and it will try and get you to make it happen before God is ready to bring this event into your life. When your flesh starts to act up and try to get you to move before God is ready, you have to learn how to override it with self-control, which is one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.
If you listen to your flesh and try to make it happen before God is ready to release this event into your life, you could seriously jeopardize this event from ever coming your way from the Lord.
Again, this timing aspect that God has in His ways and personality is something that we have to strictly abide by. If God is totally perfect and we are not, then God will always know best as to not only what He will want to bring into our lives, but He will always know best as to when to bring those certain things into our lives.
In the fast-paced world in which we all now live in, our flesh has really become spoiled to a certain degree.
That is why so many of us get impatient when we do not get our order fast enough at a fast food restaurant, or get checked out fast enough at the grocery store. How many times have you seen people start to grimace, squirm, and moan when things start to slow down more than usual in a check out line?
The fast pace of our world today has so many of us mentally wired, that we end up getting too angry and impatient when things do not go as fast as we think they should.
That is why when God tries to work the quality of patience into us by making us wait for certain things, it can be a bit painful and stressful at times, as we are not used to doing it in the type of fast-paced world we live in today.
But God will not let this world, the things in it, or the way it wants to run itself mess with His divine plans for our lives and how He will want to run our lives.
God’s ways and timings are absolutely perfect – and no man and no fallen world is going to tell Him how to sovereignly run things, both with our world and our own individual lives.
So the sooner you can understand this aspect of God’s personality, the sooner you can get with His program for your life, and from there, learn how to have patience for the things He will want to do and bring into your life.
You can read part 1 on Waiting On God’s Timing Here.