Waiting on God – How to Trust in God’s Timing

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Waiting on God is hard. When we desperately need an answer to prayer and nothing seems to happen, our trust in God can be tested.

However, when we look back on these times we often see them as most influential in shaping our faith.

Waiting on God - How to Trust in God's Timing

Have you ever been in a situation when you have been waiting on God? Maybe you have been waiting for healing, for a new home, a job, or some other kind of change that you desperately need.

You’re trusting in God initially and patiently wait for Him to work, creating the transformation you have been praying for.

And nothing happens.

And nothing happens.

And nothing happens.

All the while people keep telling you to trust in God and the right thing will come along and to be honest they start to sound like just words. Platitudes with not much meaning. They lose their impact and you start to lose a bit of hope.

What if God isn’t going to answer my prayer? Time is running out. How do I keep trusting when it seems like nothing is changing?

I’m not going to deny that waiting on God is hard.

My husband and I are experiencing a situation where we are praying for change now and are having to wait on God. My husband’s contract finishes at the end of July and for the last 9 months he has been praying and searching for a new job. A few things have come up, but nothing has been successful.

Time is running out for us. We are facing the scary prospect of losing our income. My husband wakes up every morning experiencing the stress of not only financial pressures, but also the struggle with his own identity and purpose which all of this uncertainty brings.

We are trusting God for the outcome to this situation. But we know that He may not act according to our schedule. My husband may not find a new job before his existing contract runs out.

We are trusting in God’s timing which may be different to our timing.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;

Psalm 31:14-15

How can we keep trusting in God when we keep waiting and waiting?

1. When you’re waiting on God know that He wants to bless you

God wants to bless us. Sometimes we forget this.

We sometimes think that God wants us to behave ourselves, be a good girl and if we try really hard, we might see a little blessing thrown towards us here or there as a reward for our hard work.

We forget about His grace. The undeserved favour of God shown towards us freely.

Yet, the blessings God showers us with are not always what we are expecting.

We believe that God wants to bless my husband with the right work for him to use his gifts and abilities in. But He also wants to bless us with strengthened faith, trust and dependance on Him. Sometimes these things grow best during the times of waiting on God.

2. When you’re waiting on God it’s sometimes easier to see His purposes in hindsight

When we’re in the middle of waiting it can be very hard to understand why God isn’t seemingly answering our prayers when we think we need Him to. Yet, when we look back on things we can often see why God needed us to wait.

Sometimes, it might be clear that God was making us wait for the right thing to come along.

Or we might realise how much God grew us and shaped us during the waiting time.

Or we might see how what we thought we needed was different to the greater purposes God had in mind for us.

3. When you’re waiting on God know that He always hears our prayers

When we are going through hard times and are worrying about our future, God is always by our side. He feels compassion when we are in pain and He understands what we are going through. We may wonder why God seems to be silent, but we can always trust in His love for us and His great wisdom.

4. When you’re waiting on God know that He will be glorified

Sometimes the times in the Bible when people have had to wait on God have been the times when He has been glorified the most. When God’s power was seen most magnificently. When the most dramatic transformation happened in peoples’ lives. Sometimes the waiting on God enables us to see the greatest miracles.

An amazing book on this subject is Waiting on God by Cherie Hill. It has sold over 50,000 copies and is just $1.15 for the Kindle edition. How do we keep going when we pray and nothing seems to happen. When we are desperate to see change and God doesn’t seem to be listening. This book is a must for anyone who knows how it feels to wait on God.

It’s not always easy to see the purpose of the waiting. But we can trust in God’s wisdom, love and blessing. We may not always see the answers to prayer that we would like and according to the agenda that we think things need to happen by, but God has a plan for us.

This devotion has been republished from the archives in case you missed it first time round!

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Shared this devotion with Jenni MullinixImparting GraceGraced Simplicity and Serving Joyfully.

About Mel Caldicott

I'm a full-time mum who has spent a lot of time and prayer working out how to make the Essential Thing a priority in the midst of running a home, raising her kids and having fun with my family.
I love reading, playing Uno with my family, listening to music, gardening, coffee and chocolate!

Comments

  1. Hi Mel. We have also been through a really tough waiting time and I can tell you this from my own experience, you can’t resolve or solve anything. All God wants is us to continually praise Him. When I made the choice to do that (often when i felt there was nothing else to do, so what is there to lose, right?!) God brought about changes. Not at that moment, not in that second, but to my heart, to my faith, etc. I know God will come through for you and your husband and i know you will have a testimony. Keep Praising
    God bless
    Tracy
    (visiting from Sol dei Gloria)
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Tracy, I’m sorry to hear about what you have experienced. I too can relate to how good it is to praise God in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty. It really does bring growth. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings.

  2. Those are all such critical things to remember to make our waiting room experiences more bearable. I’m not a good wait-er unless I think I have something else to do to efficiently fill up the down-time, but God doesn’t always work that way. I need more patience, more faith, more trust in HIS plans instead of my own.

    Praying your husband hears job news soon!

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Lisa, you’re so right. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your prayers. I tend to fill the waiting times too and have made mistakes when I have done this sometimes. Praying for growth in patience and more trust in my waiting times. Blessings.

  3. Thank you for pouring out your heart at “Tell me a Story.”

    God knows the answer as we continually to ask why? when? and where? There are possabilities; a renewed contract, yet a new one, or perhaps there is something that you would be interested in returning or going to work. I went back to work at age 62 when my husband could no longer work due to health, and it helped us through a rough time. That may not be something you would want to consider, but cast your burden on the Lord because He cares for YOU.
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  4. All I can say, in reference to many of the issues you brought up, is “been there, done that.” AND the only forever solution has been the kindness of our Father, opening the right doors at the right time. And encouraging us in the midst. He’s truly all we have.
    Joanne Norton recently posted…PSALM 57 — EXALTED GOD, GLORY!My Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Joanne, it’s so great to hear the experiences of others and learning that they have reached the other side and can testify to God’s goodness. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  5. Waiting is the one thing that doesn’t seem to be getting easier with age. Why is that? These are good words here, Mel. Thanks for sharing them.
    laura recently posted…Playdates with God: Art WalkMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Thanks Laura, I keep thinking that one day I might grow up as I realise the amount of things I still find difficult. Thanks for your linkup. Blessings.

  6. This was so encouraging! Thank you for sharing. It totally blessed me. Also, thank you for linking up on my blog!

    Blessings – Julie
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  7. Yes, it’s very hard to be patient when it comes to God’s timing. I pray that your husband finds another job soon. I really enjoyed your post. I love your blog. I’ve included it on my recommended links. Followed you from SITS. have a blessed day!
    Vicki M. Taylor recently posted…Five Minute Friday – OrdinaryMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Thanks Vicki, I really appreciate your support, prayers and encouragement. Thanks so much for dropping by and for adding a link to your blog. Blessings.

  8. There is a song that says “He not come when you want him, but he be there right on time.” God is an on time God. When one contract end a bigger one is in the making. Coming to you from SITS Girls.
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Talitha, thanks so much for sharing this. There is such wisdom here. God’s timing is perfect timing. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  9. What an amazing post and reminder that even when we may feel that we are at the very end of our Blessings Our God has no end! Thanks so much for the reminder…
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Tiffany, isn’t it wonderful news that God will go on blessing us for ever? Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  10. Thanks so much for posting this. I’m going through one of the periods you described right now, and I have to fight off discouragement frequently. It’s great to hear words of encouragement during this time.
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      I am sorry to hear that Heidi. I pray that you continue to know God’s presence and stay strong in trusting Him at this testing time. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  11. Safal Tripathi says:

    I will tell you people a story titled ‘footprints’. Once there was a man who was waiting and waiting and waiting for God to answer. He was in a pitiable and sad condition. No matter how brave a front he put up, he was extremely distressed. That was a ‘waiting phase’ for him. The phase ended, he got what he wanted, got back his confidence and respect and moved on. Several years later he died and while his soul was on way to God. His soul could see the footprints of his life on sand. He saw two pair of feet – one his and other footprint of God who always walked by his side.. But during his traumatic waiting phase there was only one footprint on the sand. His soul met God and seeing the single footprint on sand he recalled the agony he had undergone when things were down and he was waiting and he could not help but ask God ” when my times were hard, God why were you not on my side : why only my footprints on the sand: why were you not by my side when I needed you most? God replied my son I was always there with you. The single footprints you see on the sand are mine. You were sad and weak during that period. So I was carrying you in my lap.

  12. We’re waiting on job stuff right now too. And it’s hard. Really hard. In fact, today was a really discouraging day. Thanks for your reminder that we’re in truth waiting on God.

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I have been along this journey a few times and can testify to the faithfulness of God every time. Though it still makes the journey hard! I pray that you know God’s comfort at this time of waiting and trusting. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  13. Visiting from the linky party @ A Proverbs 31 wife. Transformation is unique when God Transforms us. He does it in his own way and timing. How often do we want it now and not in his own timing? Yet he continually molds and transforms us in his timing even when we are impatient.

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Hi Sarah, so glad you dropped by. You are so right about the unique journey we are all on with Father God. Thankful for His grace and wisdom.
      Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  14. Dear Mel,
    May you continue to experience God’s care as you wait for answers. I experienced the joy of God’s timing this past weekend. I had just come home from a trip to Michigan because my mother is having health problems. On saturday I had commitments with our church–and my daughter went into labor, wanting my assistance for the birth of her 5th baby. I was stressed and prayed while driving in my car. I met briefly with people at church. Stopped at my daughter’s home as she prepared to go the hospital. I was able to be with her and my son-law at the hospital. She had a healthy birth just an hour and a half after we arrived at the hospital. Now all of these things could have happened without me but I felt God ushering me along as I prayed.
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  15. The title of your post just called out to me because we are in a season of waiting on God… seemingly following a few other seasons of waiting on HIm. I find myself falling back into my old tendencies of worry and anxiety, even though He has proven Himself time and time again that he is TRUSTWORTHY, GOOD, and has our best in mind. I so appreciate your reminders of God’s character even in difficult times.
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Worry and anxiety take over so easily don’t they, Sarah? I find that for me when I let them consume me I get stressed, tense with my husband and family and lose the peace that God offers. Trusting God is a huge deal when we are facing uncertainty but it’s definitely the best way. We need to pray that we can be given the strength we need to rely on Him. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  16. Gods timing is divine and sometimes annoying that’s for sure
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  17. Thank you for this encouraging reminder. My husband and I are waiting on God for Baby #2 and I have struggled with feeling like He doesn’t hear my prayers… His timing is so much better than the ideas in my head, He knows what’s best for our family, AND He wants to give us good things! It’s so important to focus on God’s truth in times like these…

    I found your post on the Thriving Thursdays link up!
    Amy @ Life to the Full recently posted…Attitude is ContagiousMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Amy, I pray that in the waiting you know the closeness of God and that in God’s timing your dreams will come true. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  18. I just bought it, thanks for the tip!

  19. Definitely waiting on God for some things. For some reason, the idea hit me today while reading…that God’s timing is PERFECT. (Mine, apparently is not.) I think acknowledging this is helpful to me..now I’m off to check out a Trackback. Thank you for re-sharing this! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Cynthia, it’s so true – yet this is something I’ve forgotten many times. Think I know it all way too often ;-) Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  20. This is such a touching post. Trusting is God is not always easy to do, but definitely well worth the wait. He always provides us what we need when we need it. Like you mentioned, it may be in a totally different form than what we are imagining. I’ll be praying that your husband finds the job that God wants him to have.
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    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Crystal, thanks so much. I am pleased to say that since this devotion was originally posted last year, my husband has got a job and it seems perfect for him. It was also just as our savings came to an end. God really does provide but often our trust needs to endure right up to the wire! Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

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