Do You Mind Waiting?
by Babangida Joseph
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Listening to the song ďI Donít Mind WaitingĒ by Juanita Bynum, I got inspired to pen this down. So many times we get discouraged after waiting for a miracle from God. We get tired waiting for the manifestation of the word we received. We want to see the performance of the word we received by faith from the Lord. We even sometimes feel the wait is not worth it. This is especially true when you look all around you and realize it seems everyone is getting blessed with you being the exception. This has the tendency of making us give up sometimes at the brink of receiving our promise.
However, if you have a sure word of promise from the Lord, hold tight. For with Him there is no shadow of turning. With Him it is Yes and always Amen. So are you at the verge of quitting? Have you despaired so much that you are about to throw in the towel? Are you giving up on God? Do you feeling like God has closed for the day when it was turn to be blessed? Do you feel as if God is using you for target practice? If that is how you feel, you are not alone.
Think with me for a moment. Think about all the times He could have given up on you but He didnít. Think about Him waiting on you when He could have chosen someone else. Think about those moments He quietly resisted the devil's attempt to sift you as chaff from the wheat. Think about those moments that the storm of life could have flooded you off course but He patiently calmed the storm even without you knowing it. Don't you forget those moments when He patiently held out His hand to you until you grasp it and then He pulled out of the sea of confusion you were beginning to sink in. Think about those moments that you even gave up on yourself. He still believed and hoped enough to wait for your return. He waited patiently for you come to your senses and retrace your way home. He waited for you to come in. He waited patiently for you to step out of the pool of sin into the stream of His grace. He waited all the while you and I were partying and cavorting and consorting with friends. He waited at the market place, at the barberís shop, at the campus, at street corners. He waited and waited and waited.
Thankfully, I can say His waiting on me was worth the trouble. Is that true with regards to your situation? Or are you still wavering between two opinions? Don't keep Him waiting another day.
If He waited this long and hard just so my seat could be occupied by me, why am I worried that He will not come through for me? Why indeed should I mind waiting knowing full well that He who promised is faithful who will also do it? If Heís waited so long for me to have noticed Him, would it be asking too much for me to wait? If He waited patiently for me to come to terms with the reality that I needed Him more He needs me, then I donít mind waiting. If the one whoís promised is faithful, then I donít mind waiting. If He watches over His Word to perform it, then I donít mind waiting. If the Strength of Israel would not relent, then I donít mind waiting. If the thoughts He thinks towards me are good continually and not evil, then I really donít mind waiting. If He is the one who knows the end of a matter before it began, then I donít mind waiting. If He is the one who calls those things that are mot as though they are, then I don't mind waiting. If He is the same yesterday, today and forever, then I donít mind waiting. If He conquered the cross and death, then I donít mind waiting. Neither should you. He will come through for you at the appropriate time. He makes all things beautiful in His own time. Your situation is not different. Do you mind waiting on the Lord?
Finally, just the way He sat by Jacobís well and waited for the woman from Samaria to come for the water of life, Heís waiting to make living water bubble out from the inside of you to not only refresh you but also those around you. He waited long enough so that sick Lazarus could die. When men have brought Lazarusí case to a closure, He called him forth to newness of life. Let the thirsty come. Let the discouraged receive courage now. Let the downcast be uplifted. Let the weary and disheartened turn in. Itís time for your promotion. David said,Ē I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cryĒ (Psalm 40:1, AMP). Your mourning period would soon be over. Itís worth it that youíve waited this long. A season of refreshment awaits you. So congratulations is in order.
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