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OT1117.Elijah fed by RavensPatience has never been one of my virtues. I hate waiting and want to do everything now. However, many times God asks us to wait upon Him and patiently trust Him. Why does God require this of us? If God is all powerful why not just do whatever needs doing right away?

Many times, waiting on God prepares us for what is to come. It is written,

“Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

There is always a season of preparation before God moves in significant ways. People have to quiet themselves before God and be alone with Him in order to hear His voice clearly. When the time comes to move you have to be ready to do so without hesitation. In addition to this, events and circumstances need to be right. In Elijah’s case, the effects of the drought had to be felt in such a way that the people would be ready to listen. Waiting on God allowed both God and Elijah to prepare for what was to come.

Waiting on God builds trust. Many times when there are troubles, God asks us to wait when we think we should act. Our natural minds take stock of the events around us and want to “do something” right away, to alleviate the perceived problem. However, God in His wisdom and foreknowledge, sees the problem for what it really is and only acts when it is best to do so. With our finite minds and limited perspective, we cannot see what He sees, therefore we must trust that our Father knows best. When we trust and we see that God has been right all along, we begin to have confidence in Him so that next time we can trust Him even more. Over time, if you trust God it becomes habit. Therefore practicing trust creates a good spiritual habit.

Waiting on God, if done properly, allows us to rest in Him. Control over our lives is mostly an illusion. In reality, there are so many things that can and sometimes do go wrong in this world, that we must simply go with the flow and take life as it comes. Unless God is with us we cannot manage what comes at us. It is like floating down a large, swift river in a small inner tube: there is not much you can do but hope you stay afloat. However, since God created the river,the river is subject to Him, He directs it as He wills. Therefore, as we float we pray, as we pray we trust that our Father has the currents of our existence in His hands.

To sum up, waiting on God is an exercise in faith. Faith that our Father has the ability to do what He says He will do. Waiting takes the control out of our hands and puts it in the hands of someone who can truly do something about our circumstances. In the end, we must all realize that this life is transitory, that nothing, except our love relationship with Jesus and His Father, will survive beyond it. All the daily things we fret and worry about in our lives, the things that seem important right now, are of very little importance in the long run. It is better to wait upon God, allowing Him to lead and guide our decisions, so that when we wait before Him on that day, we can have confidence that we have done our Fathers will.