When God Tells You To Wait Your Turn
For the Christian Millennial one of the answers we do not want to hear outside of a flat out “no” from God is to “wait your turn.” It seems that every time we have the opportunity to wait it’s met with our complaints and perhaps a negative mindset. But what if God wanted us to wait our turn because He had things He had to do in us first? I’m sharing a couple of ways why waiting your turn might be what you need to do:
Let God get the glory out of his timing
There’s something about God’s timing. If we had everything we wanted when we wanted it, would it really be giving glory to God? I think some of the biggest miracles come from the moments where we had to wait. I remember having to wait until a few days before my own birthday to receive a miracle that I was waiting on God for. I had no choice but to wait on Him and that patience helped me understand that God’s will and timing is perfect for my life and He won’t fail me; that moment of waiting grew my faith.
So when our will and our timing matches up with God’s will we can rest easy about this whole waiting our turn thing. Because the beauty of it all is we will have our turn, it just may not be in our specific timing. Any frustration, worry or angst about that is something we need to submit and surrender to the Lord especially in our season of singleness. So what are you willing to surrender to the Lord regarding your timeline? Is it getting married by a certain age, having kids by a certain age, having your career by a certain time?
God knows and understands all those desires. Allow the Father to show Himself to be the miraculous, wonderful, powerful God in your life and bless you in His timing for your good and for His glory.
Can you celebrate others while you wait?
We can be very competitive and comparative in this culture when we should be more inclined to connect and collaborate. No matter what successes occur in people’s lives, the enemy still says the same old lies in our mind—that there are not enough “wins” out there for all of us. That we lost out and we won’t meet someone special too, or make that big break in our career journey. Perhaps this season of waiting our turn is to allow us to rejoice with those who rejoice in the same things that we have been waiting so long for.
God will present us with opportunities to celebrate others because He is developing the fruits of the spirit in us. The fruits of the spirit (joy, peace, patience, etc.) reflect Christ-like behavior; that is what we should aspire to have at the end of the day, not any of these outside things like being married or being successful in our careers.
Trust that those things will come but He’s working on our inner man first so that we will not taint them. Is there any resentment, bitterness, or jealousy in your heart? Those are not fruits of the spirit, those are fruits of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-26) and how can God bless you with what you been waiting on if you are operating with the fruits of the flesh?
Waiting your turn for the things that you desire in life does not mean that you’re just sitting there and doing nothing; a lot of it requires self-examination, healing, deliverance, and preparation. Are you ready for that challenge?
God is protecting us for something much greater than what we can all expect in our seasons to come; He is preparing us for the return to His Son Jesus and that’s the big picture at the end of the day. So as we will wait for that particular moment to happen in our lives and in the history of the world, let’s be patient let’s grow in faith as we rely on God to develop to be more like Him. In the process He will align our will with His and He will give us the desires of our hearts. So stay patient, stay faithful, and stay praying because He is as faithful to us in the wait as He is in the promise. He will arrive right on time when it’s your turn.
“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25 NLT