When the Lord tells us to wait on His will, He always has a very clear reason, and that reason is without exception for our benefit. Waiting is essential in living the Christian life, walking in obedience to God, and receiving the best of His blessings.
Being patient is surely difficult, but failing to wait upon the Lord can bring about disastrous consequences. First, when we do not wait, we get out of God’s will. Second, we delay God’s planned blessing for us. Because we move ahead of His steps, we get out of cycle and miss God’s blessings in His time. Third, we bring pain and suffering upon ourselves and others. Throughout Scripture, we can see the resulting pain people endured from getting outside of God’s will and doing things their own way. Fourth, we’re prone to making snap judgments that quite often turn out to cost us dearly in terms of finances, emotional energy, and relationships.
Many people aren’t willing to wait on God for His timing, particularly when it involves the possibility of letting go of something they desire desperately. But when we take our eyes off of God and try to manipulate our situation to conform to our will, we usually make a colossal mess of things. Whenever we reach for something that’s not of God, it turns to ashes. He’ll never prosper what we manipulate. No matter how hard we try, it just doesn’t work. Either we can repent, back off, and wait for the Lord—in which case, more than likely, He’ll give us what we ask for—or we can step out ahead of Him and lose it.
Some things may very well be the will of God for you, but if you step out ahead of His timing, you could ruin His greatest blessings for your life. Remember: We all live much happier lives when we learn to wait upon the Lord, obeying Him with courage, faith and trust (Ps. 27:14).
And that’s the memo.
By Dr. Charles Stanley