The Importance of Waiting on God’s Timing

Without question, one of the hardest things for many Christians to do with the Lord is to wait on His timing to make certain things happen in their lives.

In the very fast-paced world in which we all now live in, things are set up for maximum speed and efficiency.

Fast food restaurants are a favorite for many people because they like to be able to go through a fast drive-thru and receive their order in just a matter of minutes. Computers are now moving faster than ever before and they are allowing news events to hit the screen just right after the news event has actually occurred.

We are so used to everything moving at break-neck speed, that we then have a very hard time in adjusting to the slower ways that God will work things out in our life.

One of the things I have found out in my own personal walk with the Lord is that many of the times, He will have a much slower way of working things than I ever thought He would.

It is very nice that we can have fast-food restaurants, computers, and the rest of the technological inventions that we now have in place so we can make our lives that much better and that much easier to navigate through.

We can now get much more done in a day’s time than we ever could in the past due to all of the new technological gadgets and devices we now have at our disposal.

But where you can get into major trouble with the Lord in your own personal walk with Him is to take all of that break-neck speed in being able to get things done and accomplished, and then try to throw that in the middle of our walk with the Lord with how He will want to work things out in our lives.

Again, God usually has a much slower time frame and a much slower way of working things out in our life than we do.

And if we do not learn how to adjust to His slower time frame and the slower way He likes to work things out in our life, we could easily get ourselves knocked right out of our calls and our divine destinies that He has set up for each one of our lives.

I have personally found in both my walk and those who I share my walk with, that timing is an absolute crucial factor with the Lord.

Try to move ahead of God’s timing with what He wants to do in a particular area of your life, and you will find very quickly that everything will fall apart and completely unravel.

Here are some examples of where you can get yourself into major trouble with the Lord as a result of not properly relying on His perfect timing:

  • Marry the wrong person you are dating because you could not wait for God’s perfect timing to bring you the mate He has chosen for your life, and you could end up finding yourself in a miserable and unfulfilled marriage, not to mention the possibility of your marriage ending up in a divorce, which the Lord hates
  • Take the next, new, wrong job because you could not wait for God to promote you into the next, new job He will want you to have, and you could end losing valuable years in reaching the call that God has set up for your life, if not lose the entire call all together
  • Attempt to do a deliverance on someone with demons before the Lord tells you to do so, and you could get yourself opened up to an unnecessary demonic attack

As you can see from some of these examples, timing is absolutely everything with the Lord. Move ahead and out of God’s timing and you will throw a big, fat monkey-wrench in the middle of what God is trying to do with your life.

As I have stated before in some of my other articles, I like to use the chess board analogy with how God will run our lives – except the chess board of our life belongs to the Lord, not to us.

This means that not only will God be the One who will make all of these big chess moves in our life, but He will also make those chess moves at the prescribed times that He has all of them set up to occur in our lives.

If it is in God’s perfect will that you get married in this life, then not only will He bring you the person He has picked out for you to marry in this life, but there will also be a timing element with it – which means He will bring this person to you at the exact time that He has it set up to occur in your life.

If God is calling you to be a pastor of a church, then He has the exact time set up as to when that will actually occur. And if you try to make it happen before God is ready, then you will cause major delays and disruptions to occur, along with possibly adding extra time as to when it will occur since you will now have messed with God’s timing with how He was wanting to work out this call in your life.

When God gives you what your divine call is going to be in Him, He will expect you to properly obey Him all the way up the ladder as you are progressing towards that call.

This means you will take the different jobs He will want you to take, along with staying with His perfect timing as to when you are to move into each one of these new different jobs.

If you stay with God’s leadings on which new jobs to take and when to move into those next new jobs, then the time will come where you will then be promoted into the true, divine destiny that God has set up for your life.

But disobey God anywhere along the line with the steps He will be asking you to take for Him, and you could either cause a major delay to occur as to when you will be reaching that call, or you could literally lose the entire call all together if the consequences end up being too severe with what you have disobeyed the Lord with.

God will not have His authority and His ways tampered with by what we think is right for us. Since God is perfect and we are not, we always have to realize that God will always know best as to what specific chess moves that will need to be made in our lives, along with when those chess moves will need to be made.

This is one area that we cannot try and do things our way. If we do, it could cause God to pull back on us and from there, we could find everything starting to fall apart because God is no longer in control of our life.

The Scripture Verses

So you can see how important the timing factor is with the Lord, here are 25 very good verses from the Bible all emphasizing waiting on God’s timing as to when He will want to make something specific happen.

  • “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)
  • “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6-7)
  • The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
  • I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning …” (Psalm 130:5-6)
  • “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.” (Psalm 145:15)
  • Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
  • My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15)
  • Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved … My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2, 5-6)
  • “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions …(Psalm 39:7-8)
  • I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” (Psalm 40:1-2)
  • Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land …. ” (Psalm 37:34)
  • “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more …” (Psalm 37:7)
  • “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5)
  • “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.” (Psalm 25:21)
  • Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” ( Habakkuk 2:2-3)
  • He has made everything beautiful in its time … God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there shall be a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11,17)
  • And I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him.” (Isaiah 8:17)
  • But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40: 31)
  • “Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.” (Proverbs 27:18)
  • ” … in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching …” (Titus 1: 2-3)
  • Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” (John 7: 6)
  • Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1: 14-15)
  • And He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” (Acts 1:7)
  • ” .. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords …” (1 Timothy 6:14-15)
  • “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed …” (2 Thessalonians 2: 6-8)

As you can see from reading each one of these verses, God does like to work on a specific set timetable – and even Jesus Himself had to wait for God’s timing on some of the things He ended up doing.

And not only did Jesus, the apostles, and many in the OT have to abide by God’s specific timing on when He wanted them to do something, but there are verses showing that God will still continue to run things according to His own set timetable in the years ahead, including how He will work your life and when He will want to make certain things happen in your life.

So the sooner you can understand this is one of God’s ways, the easier it will become for you to adjust to His set timetable as to when He will make things happen in your life.

Here are some specific examples from the Bible showing you how God made many of them wait for what He was wanting to do in their lives:

  • Jesus Himself had to wait until He was 30 years old before God baptized Him with the Holy Spirit and anointed Him with His power to go on His three and half year miracle ministry before He went to the cross to get all of us saved
  • Jesus had to wait again for 40 days before He ascended to the Father after His resurrection from the grave
  • Moses was in the backside of a desert for 40 years before he was sent in by God to rescue the children of Israel from the Egyptians
  • The Israelites had to wait for 430 years before God delivered them from the Egyptians
  • David had to wait for 13 years before he became king of Israel
  • Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaacl
  • Noah had to wait for 120 years from the time God told him to build the ark until the time of the flood actually occurring
  • The apostles had to wait 10 days after Jesus had ascended before they had received the Holy Spirit in the upper room

As you can see from these specific examples from the Bible, God likes to make us wait for some of the major chess moves He will be making in our lives.

I believe the reason God likes to make us wait from time to time is to not only test our faith in Him and to properly prepare us for what He is making us wait for, but to also develop the fruit of patience and determination in us.

The fruit of patience is one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, and it is one fruit that He loves to try and develop in all of us, especially in the fast-paced world in which we all now live in.

Since the fast pace of our world is probably reducing a lot of our own natural patience, I believe God will try and work this quality back into our personalities so we do not lose this very valuable quality in our personalities, especially since it lines up with God’s own character and how He likes to work things out.

In part 2 of waiting on God’s Timing, I talk about Specific Areas Where You Will Have to Wait on the Lord

19 Responses to “The Importance of Waiting on God’s Timing”

Read below or add a comment...

  1. Christian Growth - January 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Greetings Mike,

    This is an invaluable and timeless resource. By the Grace of God may this rich and anointed biblical counsel remain on the internet until Jesus returns.

    For many who receive the salvation of The Lord and desire above all else to deny themselves and be understanding of what the perfect will of God, this is a crucial Christian resource.

    Another free Christian resource which has blessed many around the world is entitled ‘The Dutiful Servant of God’ which is a timely Christian resource for all those who are genuinely seeking to submit to the will of God.

  2. CG - January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Mike, can u please remove the last post as I made a mistake in the link (name), or if it’s possible, please change the comma in the domain to a full stop.


  3. Bal - January 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Here is the West, we are indoctrinated by the system of democracy which was invented by man. Our constitutions begins with “We the People”. In the Kingdom of God, he is the King…the benevolent King. He knows best and we must choose to believe the Word and be led by his Spirit. Also, we usually have messed up our lives (debt, poor eating and exercise habits that lead to disease, not being led in our education or jobs) so we are anxious to get things fixed and corrected. It takes time for God to unravel and fix out mess so we must be patient like the article says. God will fix everything if we stop making our own poor choices and start trusting and relying on his. May God bless you.

  4. Levi - December 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This is complete in fact and in truth. God’s sovereignty is absolute, worrying makes it worse for our God is timeless. If you fail to wait what else can you do. Thank you for laying bare this topic on waiting. For a thousand years in His sight is like an evening gone.

  5. Toni Osai - March 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Such a blessing this has been. As a young man in the fast-paced world of today, it’s very easy to lose sight of what God has promised and rush out there to get what the world promises.

    Friends & colleagues seem to get ahead of you in almost every area of your life, TV & other media urge you to “fix” all the problems in your life by material gain & vain achievement – with little work/stress, if I may add – pushing yourself to keep in touch with the break-neck pace of news, social media, profession/education etc

    Patience has not really been one of my strong points & I hope to receive the grace to allow the Holy Spirit sanctify me & gift me with the fruit of patience.

    May our Father’s blessing abide with you & your house for being an instrument in His work on earth.


  6. Bobby - September 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, great job unpacking the theme of God’s timing. Just the list of scriptures you accumulated alone was very powerful and illuminating to read through. Also, your commentary on the challenge of staying on God’s pace during these high-speed days was spot on. Thanks!

    • Chris - September 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Bobby for taking time to write that, I’m sure my brother Michael is smiling down from heaven!

  7. ali - October 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Our son, a fine Christian man, married with a wife and children, has been unemployed for several months, has sent out hundreds of resume’, surfs the internet daily, job fairs, newspaper ads….exhausted all their savings and in jeopardy of loosing their home. Perhaps God could move just a wee bit faster.

  8. ali - October 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Forgot to mention he is ineligible for unemployment as he was part owner in the business that is no longer operational.

  9. John - April 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

    What if the truth is that God enjoys watching people suffer. What if our painonly serves as divine entertainment? Can anyone disprove this?

  10. destiny - April 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Sometimes we are not even sure if God’s timing exists in a particular situation.
    God rarely tells ‘Wait 6 months patiently..then I will come to your rescue’.
    Abraham knew God would one day come through because God had told him.
    My big question is..what if God is silent?

  11. Adu Eric - May 6, 2014 at 4:40 am

    God richly bless you for speaking about this topic. It could not have come at anytime but now.

    It has responded to my fears and expectations in life.

    I have put some requests before God and I am still waiting for His favourable answer according to His own Will.

    I know God is a perfect Planner and Implementer who Does His things according to His own appointed times. He never makes a mistake.

    It is my hope and prayer that God’s perfect Will would be done in my life. Amen!

  12. Servant - October 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Fabulous article! I will trust in the Lord’s timing. The waiting period means to believe what God has spoken in his word or revealed to you through revelation. Waiting is the preparation period so that when God manifest what he revealed, we will be ready to embrace our blessing with gladness. Actively waiting is also a sign of faith and gives us the ability to be a partaker in the coming to past of the will of God. Remember that Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen. If we could see, hear, touch, or taste what God has spoken, then what purpose would faith have. Also we can’t have faith without “rama or writen” word from God. In other words, faith is NOT presumption. Faith is reality because God declared it. Without faith it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11.6

  13. Pat Peacock - March 3, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    oh my goodness what an awesome message Praise God for you I too pray this never leaves the internet
    thank you so very much this wonderful information has helped me so much with my Sunday School lesson for this Sunday
    cant thank you enough
    I look forward to future messages from you.
    May God Bless and inspire you even more!!!!

  14. Jim L - March 29, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Boy oh boy I messed it up. What does one do when they may in fact have moved ahead of God? I thought it would never happen. I listened to Charles Stanley’s sermon about God acting on behalf of those who wait upon Him numerous times…and did exactly the opposite. I thought I had way more patience and discipline than this. Very disappointed in myself. I’ve been praying for God’s very best in finding a soul mate and thought He may have brought one to me at work. I think I freaked her out, startled her in her car at work while she was on break. I do security and she is a nurse. I’m afraid this is another case of “If I just waited”. Perhaps I wasn’t supposed to be with her anyhow…I don’t know. I only want who God wants me to be with. I will not chase after anyone God doesn’t want me to be with. It’s really that simple I guess.

  15. Hysed777 - April 13, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for this article. My mom once told me I’d have to wait for God’s timing. It had already been over 10 years since my life changed for the worse but I didn’t wanna hear that I would have to wait even longer. There’s just different things going on that I wish I didn’t have to deal with but I keep hearing Christians (my father specifically since he’s the reason I searched on google for this article) basically saying we don’t need to wait. They’re saying there’s steps we can take and start making things happen. Also it seems they think if we don’t take those steps it will not happen but clearly many had to wait in the Bible. I’ll be honest and tell you I used to like that message and believed that there were steps one could take and start seeing God’s hand manifest a lot more. For example if you needed a new job you could pray for it a certain way and God would give it to you and don’t talk about the fact you don’t have it yet and you have to wait for it because there’s so many scriptures in the Bible that say it’s a done deal. So I did things like that, that I thought would improve my life but I saw little in the way of manifestation. Like everyone else I like fast food and being in control to be able to get things to happen. But grace wrenches that control away for me at least (that’s where my faith is ) and I know that God can and will take of care of my life in His timing. I also believe it’s a much better way because if I’m in control of my blessings then I’ll get as many as I can but I think the Lord has so much more in mind and if He’s in control then it’ll be perfect when they come along. However more than the blessings I count Him the greatest. I don’t wanna argue with my dad but maybe this will help if I ever end up talking to him about it again because the last time was a little heated and I didn’t want to argue all night with all the scripture I’ve had to think about up to that point. There’s just so much of it. Anyway thanks again.

  16. Best - February 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    God richly bless you for speaking the mind of God with respect to timing and the bible refrences.This message really opened my eyes and mind of knowing my divine time zone and the modus oparandi of the most high God.The fruit of patience is obviously lacking in humanity that is why we desire things happens sharp sharp but God frowns at it no wonder Isaiah 40:31 says they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength and mount with wings as eagles……. .My prayer is that God should give us the grace to wait like Noah , David , Abraham and the Apostles of old.

  17. Cookie - June 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Ur article was the best one I ever read. I am seeking guidance on waiting for God’s Will and Timing. It is hard to wait upon God esp when there is pressure and trouble all around me in this matter. Thanks for making my questions on waiting upon God a bit more clearer. I have been waiting for a long time, and I am aging each year. It seems like when God has a Way, he likes to do things His Way not my way.

  18. Adex silvanoes - August 22, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Even to the point of death,God time is always perfect. Job was an example. Even Lazarus. He died and live again. He woke up as a special kind. Everything was new for him. He enjoyed the divine splendor of wealth and riches. But the question is: How many Christian can wait on God till the point of death?
    May God help us. Amen.

Leave A Comment...