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Do You Ever Feel Confused When God Makes You Wait?

waitingDo you ever feel like you’ve been waiting for something that you’ve been promised for so long that you’re beginning to doubt it’s ever coming?

The Jews probably felt that two thousand years ago.

God had promised them a savior but then he want quiet – for four HUNDRED years.

Many in Israel still believed and were waiting for the promised Messiah but it must have been very hard.

Then, all of a sudden, the Savior arrived! Many people heard and saw that the Messiah had come – but he was just a baby and so, more waiting was needed.

Thirty years later, that tiny baby had grown to be a man and he embarked on a ministry journey which would take him around Israel and, eventually, to the cross.

A LONG Wait

Thirty years is a LONG time though.

Can you even imagine being one of those who heard that the savior had arrived? Whether it was from the shepherds, or from the stir caused in Jerusalem by the travelers from the East, or from Simeon and Anna in the temple, or from Elizabeth and Zechariah or even from Mary and Joseph themselves, hundreds of people would have heard the good news – the One they had been waiting for had come!

But then… nothing. No overthrow of the Romans, no miracles being performed, no rousing speeches, no public appearances. Nothing. For over thirty years.

With an average life expectancy of between 40 and 60 years, most of the people who heard about the birth of the Messiah were probably dead before he did anything even vaguely exciting.

What an anticlimax. I imagine a lot of people were confused and disenchanted by the complete lack of any further evidence of the savior in that thirty-something years.

I Want it Now

In this day and age, we don’t like waiting. History shows us that the human race never has liked to wait but today we have an instant society like never before.

We want it all and we want it NOW!

The problem is, God doesn’t work that way. God makes promises years, even decades in advance and has no problem with us waiting to see theirĀ fulfillment. Just as Jesus arrived on earth thirty-something years before he ‘arrived’ in the fullness of the word, God’s promises to us and his call on our lives often arrive years before they come to fruition.

Waiting… Still Waiting

I’ve never been big on the Church traditions so I think this year, thanks to Helen and a few others, is the first time that I have realized that Advent is the time of waiting.

As we go through this advent period, waiting for the day of rejoicing, the day we celebrate our Saviour’s birth, take a moment to remember that God doesn’t work on our time scale. The things he has promised you that you have not seen the fruition of are not forgotten, you are just still in the time of waiting – and preparation.

If you’re waiting for God, hold on. He might make you wait but one day the waiting will be over – and it will all be worth it!

Question: Do you feel like you’ve been waiting for so long for something that God promised that you’re beginning to doubt it will ever happen?

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Written By: PeterP
On: December 16th, 2009
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33 Responses to Do You Ever Feel Confused When God Makes You Wait?

  1. Gwen wrote:

    What a great post, Peter! The four hundred years of silence in the Bible between the Old and New Testament has always fascinated me. Four hundred years is a long time indeed!

    Yes, I'm waiting. The having to wait makes me wonder if I've failed altogether…but I'm hanging in there.

    God bless you today.

    • Peter_P wrote:

      Thanks, Gwen.

      Don't give up on waiting. God is pretty good at letting us know when we mess up, so just keep waiting!

    • KISH wrote:

      GWEN, YOU SAY THAT "THE HAVING TO WAIT MAKES ME WONDER IF I'VE FAILED ALTOGETHER", WELL, THAT MAKES TWO OF US. AT FIRST, I BEGAN TO THINK THAT THINGS WERE MY FAULT, BUT SOON REALIZED THAT THIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE SCHEMES OF THE DEVIL- TO MAKE US FEEL THAT IT'LL NEVER COME TO PASS AND GIVE UP ON OUR DREAM.

    • KISH wrote:

      GWEN, YOU SAY THAT "THE HAVING TO WAIT MAKES ME WONDER IF I'VE FAILED ALTOGETHER", WELL, THAT MAKES TWO OF US. AT FIRST, I BEGAN TO THINK THAT THINGS WERE MY FAULT, BUT SOON REALIZED THAT THIS IS SIMPLY ONE OF THE SCHEMES OF THE DEVIL- TO MAKE US FEEL THAT IT'LL NEVER COME TO PASS AND GIVE UP ON OUR DREAM.

  2. Candy wrote:

    I feel like I've come far with this waiting thing, of taking things in God's time and not mine. Now, finding the JOY in waiting, that's what I really need to work on. I don't think God wants me to do nothing while I wait – I want to wait purposefully and joyfully, as well as faithfully. In His time….

  3. Liz wrote:

    This waiting this is funny. I use to be all right (never an all star) at this waiting for a husband thing. But I'll be 30 next year and the waiting has become down right excruciating and even angering. I think if I'm still single when I'm 35 it will go back to being okay. I think when there was room to trust God (back when I was in my 20's) it was easier, now that the years that I can give birth safely to a healthy typically developing child are dwindling, I have lost my ability to wait. It's like the friend who is 10 minutes late, we just think they are stuck in traffic, but the friend who is an hour late forgot about us. Yes I know that I could meet someone tomorrow, or marry a widow with children when I'm 40 or 50, but that seems rather like I'm lying to myself to make me feel better. I trust that God will do what is best for me and accept that even if it means I never get married. But right now I do have a rather grumbling spirit and can't seem to make it go away.

  4. katdish wrote:

    Yep. Been doing lots of waiting lately, followed by periods of maddening rushing around to get everything done, then waiting some more. I'm not a patient person by nature, but God is teaching me to wait. More than that, He's showing me that He is in control, not me. Which is a very good thing.

    • Peter_P wrote:

      A VERY good thing indeed.

      I personally hate waiting, but I'm learning! :-)

    • This sums up how I have felt lately, as well. I was sharing a high point and a low point from my week with a group the other day and it went something like this: My low is I have no control over the things happening in my life right now, and my high? I'm not in control of my life. God is. He is definitely good, we just have to show a little patience at times, huh?

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  6. JasonWert wrote:

    Hi. I'm Jason. We've met, right? ;)

  7. jasonS wrote:

    Ah, waiting in theory seems like no problem, but in reality of experience, I know better! Yes, I’ve been waiting for some things, but God has done so many things along the way that it reminds me again of the incredible journey we’re on and not just the destination. In this moment of clarity, it’s all good. When I get back in the thick of it, I’ll have to fight complaining and disappointment again. :)

    Thanks Peter- great post.

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  9. TaterHouse wrote:

    Love it. Newer to your blog. Thanks for the wisdom shared.

    Preparation – "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." – John Wood

    Waiting is hard. Patience is hard. Silence is hard. My eyes are being opened up to Advent this year as well. Advent is about waiting and anticipation, not just for the birth of Christ but for the death and resurrection as well.

    Christmas = Christ Mass

    At mass they celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. So is Christmas more about the death and resurrection of Christ then about the birth of Christ? Don't know yet….but I do know that it is all about Immanuel – God with us. And waiting is easier knowing that God is with me.

    • Peter_P wrote:

      Hi TaterHouse.

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write such a kind comment.

      You're right… we should be satisfied just knowing that God is with us!

      Great comment.

  10. you have another home run blog post that stepped on my toes. Gee, thanks! :) My Pastor hubby and I have been at our new church for 18 months. We've had our house on the market for 17 of those months trying to move closer to the congregation we serve (currently about 35 minute commute). It hasn't happened yet and I've experienced about everything you could imagine from total bold faith to frustration and yelling in my prayers (ashamed to admit that).

    Now I feel I'm at this "whatever" phase. I'm not happy about that because it's neither hot or cold…and we know what happens with that! I went to Bible college and married a pastor and know the "right" way to feel about this but unfortunately deep in my heart I'm simply not there. I also realize that in the grand scheme of things I'm so blessed and there are so many others with much worse issues so I wait, pray and meditate on God's Word and hope I get in a better frame of mind through those things.

    Next post of yours I'm wearing steel toed boots though!

  11. Marla Taviano wrote:

    Love this post, Peter! I'm reading Two from Galilee right now, and it's incredible to think of the suffering of God's people and how they longed for Messiah to come and rescue them (and so sad that most of them didn't/don't believe that it was Jesus!).

    And believe me, your words hit home on a personal level too. God answered a couple prayers this week, and I'm ashamed to admit I had REALLY been doubting. :(

  12. Peter, I celebrate Advent and wait 365 days a year. For Christ's Second Advent, that is.

    Continual, unrelenting awareness of its proximity drives me.

  13. I have been so grateful for the focus on advent I've seen this year. A few weeks ago, I was considering that I should research it a little, try to make sense out of it, and here I've been overwhelmed by posts and thoughts from people who are pondering the "waiting," so near to me right now as I'm going in and out of prodromal labor with my own little boy coming. Your post doesn't surprise me or change anything I've been seeing – it's just one more beautiful confirmation of the way God works – in His time outside of time. I feel as though we're all sitting here looking back and remembering even as we look forward and groan together, "Even so Lord, come quickly…"

  14. @strategicdad wrote:

    Peter,__Inigo Montoya said it best…"I hate waiting!" This year has been a challenge, I blog about it here:__http://soulfari.blogspot.com/2009/12/conspiracy-o… truth is that waiting on God is a good thing, not an easy thing but a good thing. Thanks for sharing!__Peace,__Jay

  15. Helen wrote:

    We are all waiting for the Second Coming of Christ right now. I think. I know I am. Anyways, I love that with the waiting comes preparation. I wonder what my reaction would be if Jesus came back right in the middle of Christmas Day. Would I be shocked? I mean, I have been preparing for Him, but have? I've been preparing for Baby Jesus, but have I been preparing for my Glorious King?

    Sorry about the stream of consciousness comment. I haven't gotten a lot of sleep lately…

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  17. Carmen, San Juan PR wrote:

    I coudn't stop crying since I started reading. God talked to me. Glory be to him.

  18. Peter phiri wrote:

    Instead of getting troubled and confused. Am waiting on the promises of God and thats it. Leaving everything to worry about themselves.

  19. Mike wrote:

    Waiting is hard indeed. Been waiting on the answer to a prayer I’ve been praying for 20 yrs. now. It’s kinda time sensitive in my opinion. So at 43 yrs. old and it still not being answered, I’m must say I’m a bit discouraged.

  20. tc wrote:

    I’ve had to wait along time to. Its been extremely
    hard at times, yet.God always knows how to encourage me in personal, unique ways that make me laugh a.d give me hope. The problem is He’s been doing this for almost 20 years, and during these 20 years, I was sure my promise was just around the bend! Now I’m kinda at a “whatever” stage, but I don’t think that’s so bad.
    It actually feels good sometimes ..a kind of neutral “maturity ” in a sense, or really just a letting go. Its all part of the preparation phase and is necessary. (Sometimes our “engines” just need to idle). Let go and let God…yeah..the ultimate freedom.

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