Who’s Waiting on Whom?

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You may be waiting on God, but God is waiting on you. If you’ll do what you know God is asking you to do, your faithfulness will activate His favor, increase, and blessing.

~Joel Osteen

I’ve become painfully aware that we are now living in a world where the concept of accountability no longer exists. The blame game started in the Garden of Eden and still continues to this day. No one wants to take responsibility for anything. When things don’t go right, people are quick to blame God for the disaster without taking a look in the mirror to see how they played a part in the whole thing. One lesson I’ve learned over the years is God is not our problem, but our only answer. Nothing negative that happens is His fault (see Psalms 92:15; Romans 9:14; Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 34:10). He gives people instructions to perform and when they are not followed, consequences happen at no fault of His.

So the question still remains, who’s really waiting on whom? Are you waiting on God, or is God the one waiting on you? You and God are partners, and in a partnership, all parties work together. You can’t expect God to do everything and you just sit idle and wait for blessings to fall out of Heaven. If you do your part, God will do His, and far beyond what you even had in mind (see Ephesians 3:20).

Here are a couple of examples of why you may not see God moving in your life like you would want Him to. Notice that with each example, there is a part that you play and your part has to be done FIRST in order for God to move.

Maybe God is:

  • Waiting for you to praise and worship Him instead of complaining
  • Forgive someone that hurt you instead of harboring unforgiveness
  • Walk in love instead of holding grudges
  • Study His Word concerning your particular area you want Him to move in
  • Pray and seek His face continually
  • Obey the last thing He told you to do
  • Be a blessing to someone else and take yourself off of your mind
  • Stop trying to figure out everything yourself
  • Waiting on you to take your eyes off your circumstances and put them on Him
  • Trust Him
  • Have faith in Him
  • Be thankful and content for your current blessings
  • Get your mind and thoughts in line with His Word
  • Get a change in attitude
  • Waiting for you to operate in patience
  • Let go of pride
  • ETC

The list is endless, but the point is crystal clear…most of the time, God is waiting on you. It’s time to stop pointing the finger at Him and take responsibility for what you’re supposed to do. God will always come through, but the real question is, will you?

One thing is for sure in this life, you will have to learn how to wait. What’s amazing about God is that He is extremely patient, but as soon as He doesn’t move as quickly as we would like Him to, we grow impatient and operate in doubt. If you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, learn to wait well. God isn’t moved by complaining, pouting, crying, and pity parties. He is moved by faith, patience, and obedience. If God is waiting on you, get in prayer and find out what your part is. God operates outside of time, and time is in His hands, so He has all day. The more you procrastinate, the longer you will have to wait. This is why it’s so important to know the nature and character of God. Once you realize how God operates, it makes this whole process so much easier.

So if you want your blessings to come quicker, do your part and wait patiently for God to manifest Himself in your life and in your circumstances. Don’t halt your blessings because of procrastination, disobedience, and impatience. There’s no better way to pass the time than studying His Word and seeking His face on a consistent basis. Do something productive for God until you see your manifestation. Remember, most of the time, God is waiting on you, so get busy with God’s business so He can take care of yours.

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