4 Tips for Waiting on Our God Who Moves Like a Steady, Slow Glacier

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We serve a God whose calendar moves by millennia, not minutes, and who thinks in terms of generations, not seasons. Unless we understand this about God-that He moves by millennia, not minutes-we will never understand His ways with us.”

Abraham’s excruciating exercise of waiting marks the essence of the Christian life. The psalmist, though full of hope, recognizes that God’s blessings do not always come with the speed of a bullet, but rather with the slow, steady approach of a glacier.”

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6).

One thing is clear: God won’t be rushed. Without a willingness to wait, we will be regularly frustrated with God and may become disillusioned with our faith. God never promises us that our present circumstances will always make sense. Sometimes, we’ll have to wait until the present becomes the past before what we are going through becomes even remotely understandable.”

Waiting has always been hard for me. My kiddos can attest to that. Of course God knows this. So, I appreciate words that help me put into perspective God’s perspective on waiting. The above comes from a chapter titled “That Excruciating Exercise: The Discipline of Waiting” in Gary Thomas’ book Authentic Faith.

I know God’s perspective in my head but not in impatient bones and fretful heart!  I gleaned the following from this chapter on how to wait well.

  1. Pursue and do, on a regular basis, thoughts and activities that inspire you.
  2. Pitch those activities and thoughts which numb you, zap your strength, foster a sense of rebellion or entitlement, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity.
  3. Do what it takes to put your hope in God’s Word.
  4. Remind yourself that God moves by millenia, not minutes.

Waiting, for the believer, is not the futile and desperate act of those who have no other options, but rather a confident trust that eventually God will set things right” (Thomas, 40).

I’m listening to some music this morning to ready my soul as I get ready for my day.

Do you have other ideas about how to help me become a better wait-er?

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  • 1. Theresa  |  . at .

    Good points and songs. I’ll have to refer to you in my faith on Friday post! :o) The week you were at your friend’s baptism, we sang “In Christ Alone” and it was my Songs on Sunday. The WAITING theme hit home hard this week with sermon and BS. We have been waiting ten years for God to say yes or no on leaving. We still wait. At least Abraham had a promise to lean on! lol

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  • 2. Roxanne  |  . at .

    I’m right there with you on learning to be patient. Its definitely not a strength for me. I know quiet time with God helps. I say that like I do it all the time…but to quiet my brain from thinking takes a lot of effort. Thanks for blogging this… helps to know others go through it to!

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  • 3. Spring  |  . at .

    Keep busy and try to accept what is because it is here for a reason. (Yes, I need to take my own advice 🙂

    You mentioned in your last post that you don’t know what you want to do “when you grow up”. Have you considered posting about that? http://www.breedemandweep.com did that and got incredible suggestions and advice for what she could be when she grows up. Just a thought. (she’s also going thru a divorce).

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  • 4. susan  |  . at .

    Theresa,
    It is hard to wait. Maybe you have some “general” promises to lean on that God has given you? BTW – I liove your Friday Faith posts. keep ’em coming , girlfriend.

    Roxanne – Thanks for visitng and replying. I agree, it is helpful to know how others feel. The encouragement I receive from others to wait well is huge and beneficial.

    Spring – Good suggestion and thanks for the link. Maybe I could even put it up to a vote once I narrow down the choices. You laugh, but I am more than half serious. 🙂

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