The way I see it there are two kinds of waiting – the good kind and the “not so much.” Let me explain. The good kind is when God is asking you to wait for something. I call this active resting, and it’s really hard to do, at least for me. Active resting is a faith response to something you feel God is asking you to wait on Him for. It’s hard to explain and may be different for different people, but the key is that it is active and that it is a faith response. Here are a few things that can be included:
- Targeted prayer – this is much more than petition, it is led by the Sprit (see Graham Cooke’s book Crafted Prayer! – game changer)
- Purposeful thinking – this means having a strategy to deal with the doubt, worry, fear or anxious thoughts. Drilling down to what is triggering these thoughts can lead to experiencing who God is for you in a new way! Breakthrough is available – He is taking you deeper. (see Tony Stolzfus’ book Questions for Jesus! – another game changer)
- Tenacity – Pray, pray some more and keep praying – keeping in mind Jesus’ story about the woman and the judge she needed to prevail over (Luke 18:1-8). It’s a throw down to keep petitioning until there is a breakthrough.
Now, let’s talk about the “not so good kind” of waiting which is the opposite of the active rest that is inspired as a response to God’s leading. This kind of waiting is a passive and not Spirit-led. It usually involves different kinds of blame-shifting possibilities. Whereas the first kind of waiting has a strong sense of ownership, this weak kind of waiting shifts responsibility for what is not happening (what we are waiting for) to others or even to God. It says things like, “Well, if you knew where I came from you would understand why I don’t________”, or “I don’t know why everyone else is getting blessed and I just keep getting passed up.” This kind of waiting makes excuses for why I feel I am getting the shaft in life and wonders why God isn’t coming through for me. I would even go so far as to say it could be called active resisting.
Two questions come to mind: For God’s sake what are you waiting for? And What on earth are you waiting for?
If God is leading you to wait – wait on! He will come through. But if you are waiting for something on earth to happen you are likely to end up unfulfilled.