How to Win the Waiting Game

Learning to wait well

What are you waiting for? For God to bring the right guy? For God to resurrect your marriage? For God give you your dream job?

One of the greatest tests of our devotion to God is how we handle times of waiting. Most of us are willing to wait on God . . . but only up to a certain point. When we feel we've waited long enough, we justify doing things our own way. Impatience and fear take over.

What if God never brings the right guy? Maybe I'll just date the wrong guy for a while.

I'm willing to wait to have sex up to a point. But if I'm 40 and still single? Well . . .

I believe God can change my husband. I'll give him six months, but then, I'm out.

I've been praying for God to bring the money, but he hasn't. He'll understand if I fudge a bit on my tax return.

We are certainly not the first generation of "bad waiters." It's in our sin nature to take matters into our own hands when we think we've waited long enough. Consider the Israelites who were waiting for Moses. He had gone up the mountain to receive instruction from the Lord and, according to their timetable, was gone way too long.

One of the greatest tests of our devotion to God is how we handle times of waiting.

Exodus 32:1 records, "When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. 'Come on,' they said, 'make us some gods who can lead us. We don't know what happened to this fellow Moses.'" Aaron proceeded to lead the people in creating and worshiping a golden calf. Yet this is the same group of people who, just a few weeks earlier, were worshiping God with great reverence.

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Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is a TCW regular contributor and blogger. A widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcast media professional, she co-founded Authentic Intimacy and is the co-author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?

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