Please hold and enjoy the music . . . Don’t you hate to be put on hold?
When there’s something that needs to be done, it’s hard to sit still. If you’re anything like me, you want to mount up and charge into action. In Scripture, I wonder if the prophet Nehemiah felt that way?
His beloved countrymen were struggling and suffering, in urgent need. But as a Jewish exile serving a Persian King, what could he do? So he prayed for their relief. Day and night he prayed, while his own burden for them grew and grew…until its agonizing weight birthed a commission from God.
And still he had to wait.
Weeks of pleading petition, personal examination, planning–then scrapping those plans and starting over. Nehemiah spent months of wrestling with God, struggling to trust, anxious to dig in, eager to move forward.
But God had him on hold, and I’ll bet he hated it.
However, God used that time of “dead air” to prepare Nehemiah for his future work, and Nehemiah didn’t waste it. He prayed, he planned . . . and he waited.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting, I like action–especially when confronted with unmet needs. Yet, when we rush ahead, we don’t give God the chance to lay any groundwork.
And we miss the importance and power of the prelude to God’s plan.
If we will only wait on God, He will work through us. You know that, I know that, but sometimes I forget it’s not a once-for-all event. It’s an ongoing process that takes place many times, season by season, step by step. This is especially true if it is a new work and requires a lot of faith and commitment.
But sometimes God’s “work” is simply praying, trusting, and waiting.
Perhaps you are in a place today where the “work” God has given you is to pray, trust, and wait. Don’t discount the power and value of that “work.”
And though we may feel we aren’t making much progress, it’s in the praying, planning, and waiting that we have already taken the first step in fulfilling God’s call!
What is the hardest thing about waiting for you?