Why God Demands Perseverance: The Value of Waiting
Thomas à Kempis, 1379 A.D. – 1471 A.D., said, “Give what Thou wilt, and how much Thou wilt, and when Thou wilt. Set me where Thou wilt and deal with me in all things as Thou wilt.”
The value of waiting:
- We learn to depend on God as never before – a blessing! (Heb. 13:6; Lk. 18:1-8)
- We learn what a relationship with God is truly worth. All healthy relationships involve complexities and the working out of tough issues.
- Waiting enables us to draw closer to God.
- When we have to wait on God, we might consider how long He has waited for us… to repent, to resolve to do right, to earnestly seek Him, or to get busy in His service. When it comes to the waiting game, God will outlast us every time. When we have to wait, we begin to appreciate him more.
- The better the prize, oftentimes the longer we have to wait – and we will appreciate it more if we have to wait. Instant gratification is rarely a good thing. You’ve heard the expressions, “Anything worthy having is worth waiting for”; and “The best things come to those who wait.” Waiting on God always has a good ending (Isa. 40:28-31).
So we wait… and we pray! And if things of this life don’t turn out exactly like we want, we still have something glorious to wait for, and to pray about. It will all be worth it!
— Mike Wilson