Many times we hear the dreaded stories about waiting on God. We’ve heard about the difficulties folks experience while waiting on God to heal, to change a situation, or to perform a miracle. I must say I’ve waited on God over the years and yes, it can be quite hard.
But I want to challenge us to change our response while we wait. Consider this…what if we treated waiting on God the same as waiting on Santa Claus. For most of us, when we were young, there was a certain level of excitement that we experienced around Christmas time. On Christmas Eve, there was an anticipation. You went to bed early but you anxiously expected gifts to show up under the tree on Christmas Day. Maybe it wasn’t Christmas – think back to anxiously waiting on something, that you knew was coming.
May I suggest that we CHOOSE to make excitement and anticipation our default responses while waiting on God? Let’s begin to condition our flesh (mind and body) to be positive and hype while waiting on God for the things we request in prayer. I know it’s not going to be easy because of uncertainty. Is this God’s will? Will he bless me now or later? But I believe God will delight in our excitement, which stimulates our faith. So how do we do this? Here are three ways to begin the process of changing your wait response.
1. Immediately after you pray, create a quick cheer chant. For example “Lord I’m excited cause I know you’re gonna do it!” Repeat it over and over to condition your mind.
2. Put a smile on your face every time your unanswered request comes to mind and repeat the chant in #1.
3. Find that one scripture that speaks to your “waiting on God” period and declare it. Remember God is faithful to His word.
There is something good about waiting with excitement and anticipation, when waiting on God. He wants us to be like that little toddler who at the end of the day sees daddy coming to pick them up from daycare and runs with a big smile, arms stretched wide, and joy in their heart because daddy showed up and they had been anticipating seeing him. God wants to show up for us and while you’re waiting GET FIRED UP AND EXCITED! Get fired up like your blessing is here.
So instead of getting impatient with God in the process of waiting, let’s turn it around and say “Lord I’m excited about the blessing!” And instead of saying “I can’t wait”, say “I’m waiting with anticipation to see what you’re going to do. I don’t see it, but Lord I’m gonna be hype til it comes!”
There’s something exciting about trusting in God. There’s an excitement about waiting on God to move and bring his Word and Promises to life. I want to encourage God’s people there’s excitement in seeking God and then waiting on his promises to manifest.