A God Worth Waiting For

It’s Monday morning and you walk out the door at 6:30am to head across town for an important meeting you have at 7:00am. All is going as expected until you turn the corner to see you left the headlights on all night. Your fears are confirmed as you turn the key in the ignition to no avail.

Two choices emerge in your mind. There is a city bus stop 1/2 mile from your apartment that can get you there. You’d probably be late, but it’s definitely a possibility. Then there is your friend who lives about 5 minutes away but is known for her ability to turn every 5 minute task into half an hour. You call in the favor and she says she just needs to get dressed and will be there shortly.

By now it’s 6:40am. Do you begin the half mile treck to the bus stop or wait for your friend who continues to claim that she will be there soon? Whether on your driveway or at the bus stop, your choice will reveal what you deem as most reliable to fulfill your need of getting to your meeting. We wait on what we believe to be reliable.

There’s a reason no one is standing in line at an empty register at Walmart, hoping for a cashier to magically appear. There’s a reason no one is sitting at a Chick-fil-a drive thru on Sunday afternoon waiting to place their order. No one is coming. Waiting is pointless. We only wait on what we believe to be reliable.

A study in the psalms will confirm this reality as it relates to God. The phrase “wait on God” is always an affirmation of the reliability of God to come through for His people.  Not only that, “wait on God” and “hope in God” are often used synonymously.

“Indeed none of those who wait for You will be ashamed. For You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day. Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. For I wait for You.” Ps 25:3,5,21

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in (or waited for) You.” Ps 33:20-22

“I waited patiently (or intently) for the Lord and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Ps 40:1

“My Soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.”Ps 62:5

To wait on God is to see Him as the greatest solution to a problem.  To wait on God is to affirm that He is reliable. To wait on God is to put your hope in Him above all other things.  To wait is to hope.  And this is not the unsure “I hope this works” kind of hope.  This hope is an affirmation of the certainty and unfailing trust that we have in God.

Do you wait on God?  Do you persist in prayer expectantly before an answer comes?  Or do you give up waiting on God after a few days?  Do you wait on God and look to Him throughout your day for your joy?  Or are you waiting on a text, Facebook message, or a certain number of “likes” on your last tweet to bring you a sense of happiness?  A lack of waiting on God reveals that you are not convinced that He is reliable in answering prayers or bringing true joy to His children.

The unfortunate reality is, we are all prone to wait on (and hope in) many other things besides God. We habitually wait on a change in circumstances, money, a person, or an opportunity as solutions to our problems. It does not come naturally to wait on God. Rather, waiting on God is a spiritual discipline that is to be cultivated, not something we can expect will happen automatically. I think this is why we find the psalmist in Psalm 42 and 43 talking to himself and commanding his soul to wait for and hope in God. “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God (literally wait for God), for I shall again praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” (Ps 42:5, 11 and Ps 43:5)

This prayer showcases two important things.  First, there is a temptation to wait on something other than God.  So, what are you tempted to wait for? What do you believe is a reliable solution to your current circumstances? A boyfriend, a husband, a change in your husband, a best friend, being in the inner circle, a smaller waist, a job, a promotion, a successful ministry, more money, children, more children, nicer things, nicer clothes? “When ________________ then I’ll be happier/better/joyful.” What you put in the blank is likely what you will naturally wait on .

Be aware that it is easy to use Christian lingo to disguise a misplaced hope.  In one of my earliest posts I exposed a commonly accepted Christian phrase: “I’m waiting on God to bring me my husband.” Many young Christian girls have been heard to say or think this phrase. The problem with this is that you aren’t waiting for God. The object of your wait is a husband. God is just the channel through which you get the husband. God, who is meant to be the object of our waiting, simply becomes the waiter.

The second thing Psalm 42 and 43 show us is that waiting is active.  It is a continuous and active looking to God as the answer to all problems and unfulfilled longings.  It is a conscious choice to persist in seeking God, not a subconscious existing between prayer requests. It is a fight to continually refocus the hope of our souls onto God alone. It is the constant reminding of our souls that He is trustworthy, He is reliable, and He will come through.  Though waiting on God is crucial when prayers remain unanswered and God seems distant, it is just as necessary in fruitful seasons when we are prone to complacency and self-reliance.

Only through communion with God do we find fullness of joy, abundant life, and help in every circumstance.  “In His presence is fullness of joy. And at His righthand are pleasures forevermore.”(Ps 16:11) “Jesus said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. I came to bring life abundantly.”(John 10:10, 14:6) “Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield.” (Ps 33:20)  In every circumstance, in every unfulfilled longing, in every problem and pain, may we affirm that our God is reliable by waiting on Him.  He is faithful.  He is trustworthy.  He is as sure as the coming of the dawn.  We are His people and we wait on Him alone.  Keep the eyes of your soul set upon God.  He will not disappoint.

“Let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Hosea 6:3

14 Comments

  1. […] He does not supply a husband for us. Kelly Needham wrote discussing this concept in the article, “A God worth Waiting For.” She talks about the truth of the matter is that we wait and trust in things that we perceive […]

  2. […] artigo foi originalmente publicado no blog KellyNeedham e traduzido sob autorização da […]

  3. […] You’ve probably heard this saying … and if you are Christian women, you’ve definitely heard it. I recently read a blog post by Kelly Needham, singer/song writer Jimmy Needham’s wife, who spoke about what it means to wait on the Lord, she notes, “you wait on what you rely on, what you trust.” http://kellyneedham.com/2014/02/12/a-god-worth-waiting-for/ […]

  4. This was extremely encouraging. Lately, I have definitely found myself with the attitude, “Once I make this change, things will be different, better.” But your post reminded me that I have an awesome God who provides everything I need so it doesn’t really matter if I get a new job or start working out. My satisfaction can’t be found in those things. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. This is wonderful, thank you! Reading this I feel rescued from the discouragement of not knowing God’s plan for my life. You testify beautifully that the plan is not worth waiting for, it’s God that my soul truly yearns for and it’s simply for him that I should wait.

  6. God Girl

    Reblogged this on Forever Changed Network and commented:
    A terrific and thought-provoking message from Kelly Needham, wife of singer Jimmy Needham.

  7. I was crying out for answers yesterday, then I realized i should be thanking God for all He has done to me and my family instead of asking and asking. He knows us, and by the time we start to wait on Him for Him alone, as you said, things will be clear. Get what our hearts desire is not the crucial point. It’s a consequence of our wait on Him. His ideas are way much better than ours. Let’s wait! Great blog, Kelly. God bless and inspires you more and more. Btw, you guys should come to Brazil. 😉

  8. I loved your blog today! I even wrote down a few scriptures you mentioned and I am going to put it on note cards and add them to my other scriptures I have hanging around. I had the privelage of meeting your husband Jimmy @New Ulm MN. As he gave us a great concert that Grace Community Church got together for our community. I have to tell you God was all around fhat day! Ever since then I have followed your family and all the great things God has been doing. Thank you for sharing the talent God has given you by writing this blog. God bless to your family!

  9. Reblogged this on Christina Bobina and commented:
    Read this blog. Read it right now.

  10. You are incredible. Seriously. Thank you for writing this.

  11. Kelly, thank you for this post, it is a perfectly timed message for me as I wait for God to show His path of ministry for me. No, check that – as I wait for God, period.

  12. this is sooo good…i’m so encouraged…your point on hope is something that i’ve been learning and practicing in my life and reading your blog was a beautiful reminder to what Daddy God has been speaking to me over the past couple of months…i loved your point on waiting on HIm for Him alone…look forward to more blogs from you…i love jimmy’s music and now your blog has blessed me as well…:)…will be keeping you folks in prayer as you continue to be a blessing…

  13. Mandy

    I needed to read this today… and I’ve bookmarked to read it again and again when I forget!

  14. Ashley

    I love reading your blogs and I really needed to hear this! It is something I really have been struggling with and I now realize I have been waiting on things that will never satisfy me.

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