The Reward of Patiently Waiting

The Reward of Patiently Waiting

Do you have a request that has not yet been granted? Do you keep on praying for it every day but it is as if God doesn’t hear your prayers? Do you often get stressed because you want it so badly that it affects your health so you’re on the verge of giving up? Well, here’s the good news: You are not alone…
It’s hard to wait right? But this time of ‘holding on’ is molding our character and attitude that we do not realize we have this so-called “patience”. Let’s try the quote “patience is a virtue” in some occasions of life:

1. Job

Everyone has a dream job; to be an architect, engineer, teacher, pilot, and such that will give us a career fulfillment in life. However, job hunting isn’t as easy as it sounds.

You thought you would pass the exam and interview but you didn’t. So you applied again, again and again… sometimes it takes months or for some, it takes years. It’s frustrating, right? You may ask yourself, ‘I am more intelligent than him, why did he get the job instantly?! I have honors! He doesn’t! What’s happening?’ So you get frustrated.

At some point, you might have complained to God, “Lord you said in your word seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open unto you ”I keep on seeking Lord, I keep on knocking at every company’s door but why it’s not opening? You might have also said, “prayer without action is dead”. I keep on praying Lord and I keep on seeking, like every day, but there’s still no answer. I want a job, why can’t you give me? What should I do? What’s your plan?

That was my prayer 5 years ago. No, I didn’t get my dream job but God rewarded me with a good one. I prayed that He will give me a generous and good heart boss and He did. In fact, it’s not just that. He gave me so much more.

Even though we have plans, we prayed and fasted but if God says NO, accept it. Because God has a perfect plan for you, and you cannot do anything but to obey. Sometimes you thought you are not obeying of what He wants you to do but your steps are on the right track. Which means the Holy Spirit is leading you. You are just too stubborn to comply.

As the word of the Lord says in Jeremiah 29:11
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you are hoping for.

2. Partner in life

Every single man and woman is looking for a partner in life. As the saying goes “No man is an island”. You go on dates but there’s just no spark, you subscribe to many dating sites and you have been there for more than a year but still, nothing happens. You may say to yourself, ‘I am running out of time, I am getting old!’ My age is not on the calendar anymore! What should I do!? Sometimes you really feel the pressure when you think about it, so you pray again, like more than 3 times a day to have a partner in life and when you open your bible you will read this verse:

Matthew 19:11-12
Jesus answered, “This teaching does not apply to everyone, but only to those to whom God has given it. 12 For there are different reasons why men cannot marry: some, because they were born that way; others, because men made them that way; and others do not marry for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Let him who can accept this teaching do so.”

What will be your reaction? As a single person who wants to get married someday, it would be “NO Lord, please….”
When you read the scripture, it doesn’t mean it pertains to you, so don’t panic, continue praying and believe that God has a plan for your mate. You might think you are ready, or should I say you are ready but is your partner ready? Perhaps God is still making him to be a better man for you.

3. Good Health

Everyone wants good health. Every day we are praying for good health, but do we eat healthy food? Sometimes we heard some stories that they eat good food but they still have grave illnesses, how come? They might be stressing themselves out. Sometimes due to problems or due to long waiting, it comes out from our body. Sometimes it is also the result of our sins.

Proverbs 5:22 Good News Translation (GNT)
22 The sins of the wicked are a trap. They get caught in the net of their own sin.

We have to be very careful about what we do, as there is an absolute consequence of all the action that we do. God gave us the wisdom to do what is right, and if we do what is wrong, a consequence is at our door.

4. Baby

For women who want to have a baby but have not received the gift yet, some tried the work of science to increase the chance of pregnancy; others would need some rest, and there are those who adopted a child. Nothing is wrong with that, as long as you accept that the Lord has a better plan for you and that unborn child. Remember Sarah? The wife of Abraham, thou we may not be living for 99 years, God only knows when the right time is.

Hebrews 11:11 Good News Translation (GNT)
11 It was faith that made Abraham able to become a father, even though he was too old and Sarah herself could not have children. He[a] trusted God to keep his promise.

What is the reward of patiently waiting?

The word of the Lord tells it all, here are some:

Isaiah 40:31 Good News Translation (GNT)

31 But those who trust in the LORD for help
will find their strength renewed.
They will rise on wings like eagles;
they will run and not get weary;
they will walk and not grow weak.

Your strength will be renewed

Lamentations 3:25

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

The Lord will do good for those who wait

All good things that you cannot imagine will come to you

2 Peter 3:9 Good News Translation (GNT)
9 The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.

He is patiently waiting for you

– You have to seek him first wholeheartedly. Not just seeking HIM because you need something

– He is molding you until you are ready for that reward

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

• You will receive the crown of life.

An Eternal life. Our much awaited.

Learning to be patient has its beauty. Let us wait patiently to get that reward. God bless.

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