Typically, waiting causes anxiety because we want to get moving and take control. Has God ever given you vision or called you to something, but then said, “Wait?” If so, you can relate to Nehemiah. God gave him vision to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, but then made him wait to do it. Nehemiah became frustrated and sad during the wait. He “fasted and prayed,” and God eventually made a way for him to present his idea to the king. Though he was anxious to get started, his time in the wait wasn’t wasted. He became educated and spent time planning so when God finally opened the way for Nehemiah to present his idea, he was prepared. He knew what he would need to complete his project. If God has told you to wait, it may feel like frustrating opposition. Consider: God may want to allow you and others time to prepare before opening the way. In the wait, God’s working behind the scenes. Like Nehemiah, choose to use this waiting time wisely. Be surrendered to God in prayer and spend time doing your homework.
Cove Church devotions by Rivera Douthit for series Path of Least Resistance, Week 2, Day 5