Fruitful While Waiting
Updated: Sep 19, 2018
Waiting for something to happen can be one of the most stressful experiences of life, and what compounds this frustration is not fully understanding “why” God would make us wait in the first place. Doesn’t God want His servants to always be abounding and advancing in the work for which He has called them? Why would He make us wait?
Our frustration over the fact that God makes us wait is often rooted in a distorted view of how God operates. He is a God who waits (Isaiah 30:18) and He makes His servants do the same! Throughout the Bible, we read of people who seemingly had their lives on hold. Think of Joseph, Abraham, Moses, David, Paul—all of them were required to wait. Sometimes it was for their spiritual growth, other times it was for a moment of rest, but oftentimes, it was for a redirecting of their lives and ministries.
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5
Acknowledging how God operates helps a wise servant stay focused and remain faithful during those “pause moments” of life, because being fruitful isn’t always about being super busy in multiple areas of service. Fruit can abound by simply spending more time in God’s Word or by investing quality time into your family and friends; or it might abound by removing busyness in order to dissolve the self-inflicted pressures of ministry life. These seemingly “lesser things” will actually lead you back to what made you fruitful in the first place—a closer walk with Jesus Christ. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
If you find yourself in one of those frustrating times of “waiting,” don’t beat yourself up or allow the devil to discourage you with thoughts of how things ‘used to be.’ Take advantage of its value and be fruitful while you wait by taking new opportunities to enjoy the aspects of a slower pace. Invest in your family by taking a walk together; join that sign language class at church and learn a new communication skill; build a new friendship without the mindset of “this person is a ministry.”
These activities are fruitful and will manifest fruit in the form of a well-rested servant, a strengthened family, and more quality friendships. And the greatest fruit of waiting is a stronger bond with our Heavenly Father and a clearer vision of who He is.