You walk into the bank and there’s a long queue of people waiting to be served by the cashiers…

So you wait.

You go to the nearest ATM and right in front of you are two people waiting to use the machine…

So you wait.

You are driving home, excited to get there and you are caught in traffic…

Waiting for the traffic to clear seems to take forever.

You make a call…  the number is not reachable. You try again…

You wait…and wait…and wait.

Of a truth we spend a lot of our lives waiting. You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘exercise patience’ or ‘be patient’. Patience during the wait can be difficult however the lack of this virtue (impatience) can best be described by its secondary name – ‘selfishness’. You may wonder what selfishness has to do with impatience. It has a lot to do with it. After the fall all manner of vices seeped through of which lack of patience is one. The cure for this vice is to learn how to W.A.I.T.

But how?

God asked us to wait.

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. (Isaiah 40:31) KJV.

While we are in the waiting room, God renews our strength. I like how The Message Bible puts it:

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
They walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40:31)

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‘We get fresh strength’; it literally means strength can be stale! However while looking unto God in the waiting chamber of (situations and circumstances) we get purified strength so to speak, God gives us fresh strength… I like that kind of waiting. God has a reason and a purpose when He says wait. Quit thinking of how God would do it, He never asked you to help Him calculate the time. He owns TIME! Use the waiting period to pray and study His Word because when the waiting is over He will have something exciting for you… be prepared to run!

Olayemi Oladipo

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