Your Wait Problem

by APC on March 20, 2015
Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Your Wait Problem


And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:3–5, KJV).

Paul instructed the church—which is true for us today—quite simply, that good stuff comes from bad stuff. If we deal with tribulations in our life the right way, we will develop patience, then experience, and then hope (faith):

  • Patience—To cheerfully endure; to continue; to wait
  • Experience—To test or prove; testing out life
  • Hope—To anticipate; to have expectation, confidence, or faith

Trials aren’t going to be an aspect of our Christian walk that will excite us, but the believer should embrace tribulations because we understand the end result. As Paul says in Romans 5:3–5, our results are the development of patience, experience, and hope in the God we serve!

Patience is Key

We’ll find that patience is the foundation, or catalyst, to other workings in our life. Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (KJV). We can read about the concept of patience everywhere in Scripture because spiritual maturity is birthed in patience. The more we draw closer in our relationship with God and His Word, the more we will realize that patience is one of the greatest enablers of success in our spiritual walk. If we can’t learn to wait on God, we will not grow in God.

God wants to build us up and complete a work in us for His Kingdom, but many times these works are grown slowly over time. Scripture tells us that God is a God of patience (Romans 15:5). God, in turn, wants us to have patience as a minister (II Corinthians 6:4), display it as a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), pursue patience (I Timothy 6:11), demand patience (Titus 2:2), mimic those who display patience (Hebrews 6:12), and run with patience the race that God has placed before us (Hebrews 12:1)!

We need to remember that God’s heavenly time table doesn’t always make earthly sense. God’s timing always has a purpose, and will come in due time. He had a specific season to save us (Romans 5:6) and has a specific season to grow us. We just need to be patient!

Waiting Always Comes with Promise

Waiting on God is always going to be worth it. Scripture tells us to wait on the Lord (Psalms 25:5, 37:9, 37:34, 40:1; Lamentations 3:5, 3:26; Micah 7:7). Scripture tells us, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36, KJV). Waiting on the Lord always accompanies a promise. If we try to do things on our own, and do not exhibit patience in our life, we won’t receive the blessing God has in store for us.

Waiting on God Completes His Work in Us

If we don’t wait on God, we won’t reach that place in His Kingdom where He wants us to be. In Scripture, we read about King Saul who led Israel into a battle with the Philistines. He was told to wait for the prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Saul waited seven days and determined in his mind that he wasn’t going to wait any longer (I Samuel 13:8). He took it upon himself to sacrifice to the Lord, and “…as soon as he had made an end of the offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came…” (I Samuel 13:10, KJV). If Saul had waited, the Lord would have established his kingdom over Israel forever (I Samuel 13:13).

Saul missed out on the promise of the Lord in His life because he didn’t wait. He lost more than God’s approval that day; he lost God’s kingdom. If we choose to take our own road without waiting on God, we will always receive less than what God originally prepared for us. By extending patience, we will accept a difficult situation without giving God a deadline to remove it. We need to remember “…the trying of [our] faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that [we] may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3–4, KJV).

Waiting on God Builds Strength

Breaking down is always a part of building. When God breaks us down through a trial or tribulation, He is trying to strengthen something in us that is weak. Paul spoke of a thorn in his flesh—something he dealt with continuously in his ministry (II Corinthians 12:7). He asked the Lord three times to take it away from him, but he learned that God’s grace was sufficient for Him. But, more importantly, his strength was made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

Although we may be weak, weary, and worn, the end result of our trial is something to get excited about! We have strength and blessings coming from the Lord. Isaiah 40:29–31 says:

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (KJV).

Mastering the Wait

If we keep waiting on God, He will continue to strength and renew us day-by-day. We will never be disappointed to see what patience brings, what experience brings, and what hope and faith is birthed in us.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 18, 2015