"…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (NIV) Isaiah 40:31
The will of God comes at the right time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “there is time for everything under the sun”. This means there is time for God to answer our prayers and grant our heart desires. We usually grow impatient and weary when God’s time exceeds our set time. However, understanding His Will for us will enable us to build the spirit of patience and trust that God is still at work in our favour.
Biblical characters such as Hannah, Ruth, Esau and King Saul teach us how to rely on God. The story of Hannah is about a woman who was ridiculed by her rival because God had closed her womb. Every year, she travelled with her family to Shiloh to pray to God. During one of those visits, she made a promise to dedicate her son to God if God blesses her with one (1 Samuel 1:1-19). When the time was right, God gave Hannah the child Samuel, who became a great prophet in Israel.
Ruth decided to leave her people to follow Naomi who had lost all her family in Moab. The future was blurred for Ruth but through obedience and perseverance, she pleased God and was added to the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:13–17).
The story of Esau and King Saul is evidence of how our fate will be if we fail to be patient and wait on the Lord. Esau impatiently sold his birthright (blessing) to his brother (Genesis 25:24-34). King Saul, out of fear and impatience, disobeyed and offered a premature burnt offering to God (1 Samuel 13:7-13). Because of this act, he lost the very thing he was trying hard to protect- his kingship (1 Samuel 13:14).
Waiting on the Lord requires us to be patient. We may face challenges such as the tolls of the present COVID-19 pandemic that will put fear in us and affect our trust in the Lord. But we should stand firm and pray, for the Lord will make a way where there seems to be no way. Let's be patient and wait on the Lord.