I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? Waiting is hard work and, at times, can really test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever end or end the way we want it to. Desires we long for, prayers we’ve prayed, and news we’re waiting to hear can tempt us to worry, be impatient, bring discouragement and even wonder if God is aware or cares.

To live is to wait. We wait for things we know will happen and things we hope will happen. We wait with hope that the outcome will not be as bad as we think. We wait for circumstances to change. We wait until the right time and sometimes we don’t realize we’re waiting at all.

The Bible doesn’t say much about waiting for particular things, outcomes, or circumstances, but it does talk about waiting. The Psalmist reminds us of this:

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

God wants us to know that waiting is far from a passive activity. Waiting, from God’s perspective is not about doing nothing. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God wants us to actively participate in the work He desires to accomplish. Waiting with purpose can cultivate good fruit in our lives. Waiting can also draws us closer to Jesus and bring hope to those who are watching.

So how do we wait with purpose?

Here are a few thoughts:

Remember it’s better when it’s not about you.

Selfishness is natural. Pushing away from that natural tendency is not easy but focusing on others helps us gain a better perspective of ourselves and the situation around us.

Remember to be gracious and kind no matter how you feel inside.

Emotions come and go but responding correctly helps us gain confidence and gives clarity to our situation.

Remember every moment is just a moment, it won’t last forever.

Our lives are made up of moments (some good, some not so good), but these moments are woven together into the memories of life.

Embracing the challenge of waiting is not easy, but waiting with purpose produces maturity in us and fills those around us with hope!