Waiting on God

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I’m not good at waiting. My husband has to encourage me to wait patiently for slow websites to load or absent-minded waiters to show up.

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That’s why God has been teaching me about waiting on him. In Psalm 27:14 David writes, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” The Hebrew word for wait means to be bound together by twisting. Waiting isn’t a passive thing. Waiting is actively bound up in the object of my waiting.

When I think of what it means to minister to children, we must be patient as we wait for God to work in their hearts and minds. We must be patient as we wait for our investment in children to bear fruit. Sometimes that takes years. And we may not see that fruit—so that’s where faith comes in. We trust that God is faithful to bear fruit from the Word that we sow in children’s lives. And we must wait.

As someone who teaches 2-year-olds in our church, I’m very aware that the result of my ministry to children is something I will most likely never see on earth. In fact, these little ones won’t even recognize me or remember me when they’re 5. (It’s already happened many times.)

But that’s okay. Because I wait with my hope connected to the One I hope in—not in results.

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In Psalm 131:2, the psalmist says to calm and quiet ourselves as we wait like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. No crying, whining, or throwing temper tantrums as we wait.

This kind of patience doesn’t come naturally to me, but when I realize that “waiting for God” is synonymous with “longing for God,” it inspires me to attach myself to God’s Spirit who can help me in my weakness.

In Psalm 130:6 (NIV), the psalmist says that we wait for the Lord like the night watchmen wait for the day. I imagine the weary night watchmen craning their necks to see the first light of day. They never question that it’ll come. They can do nothing to speed up daybreak, so they wait with expectancy.

That’s how we’re to wait for the Lord—with confidence and expectancy. Waiting is having our hearts connected to hope. To the certainty of who God is.

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1). This is the amazing God we wait for!

(excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine July/August 2014 issue)

What are you waiting on God for? Share your story with me in the comments below!

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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