How to Wait on God When Life Hits the Fan

It’s hard to wait on God when life hits the fan.

I’ve waited in ER’s and surgical waiting rooms when lives were hanging in the balance.

I’ve waited for phone calls in the middle of the night to find out how it all turned out.

I’ve waited for decisions that were being made by others that impacted my future.

I’ve waited with others when they were praying for a breakthrough for they’re spouse or child.

I know what it is to wait on God to do the impossible.

If some of the most difficult moments in life have to do with waiting on God, it would seem that we need to learn how to do it well.

This post is about doing just that.

How to wait on God When Life Hits the fan

Psalm 40:

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Simple truths to cling to:

God knows where you are. Your situation is not unknown to Him. He knows exactly what you’re walking through.

 Just because you can’t see or hear God, doesn’t mean he can’t see or hear you. Like a toddler in a retail store who wanders behind the clothes on a clothing rack and asks, “Daddy, where did you go?”, we tend to believe because we can’t see our father, that He cannot see us. Not true. He’s right there.

God hears your cry. David wrote, “I waited patiently on the Lord….He heard my cry.” Patiently waiting on God doesn’t mean no there’s no crying. I’m convinced that crying out to God in the midst of our waiting in the pit keeps us dependent on the Lord.

Listen to David a few verses later:

 Psalm 40:17 

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me, You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

In difficulty we can easily forget God’s track record of deliverance in our lives. That’s why we must proactively remind ourselves of the truth.

In the waiting David reminds himself of two pillars:

1. Who he is: “poor and needy.” Stay humble and dependant.

2 Who God is: “my help and deliverer.” Grow your faith by reminding yourself of God’s faithfulness.

You say, “But what if I’m here because of my own stupidity?” God has not stopped being your heavenly Dad even if you’re in the pit because of your choices!

Worship in the waiting. Trust Him. He’s already moving.

 Your turn: What has God taught you when you’ve waited on Him? Share below.