When God Tells You To Wait

Has God ever told you to wait?

When God Tells You To Wait

My pastor shared from Luke 5 the other day, a message that my weary heart greatly needed. How the fishermen were by the Sea of Galilee, washing their nets when they met with Jesus. They were not catching fish; they were not in the midst of great ministry. Instead, they were in the process of preparing by washing and stretching their nets, to make sure they could keep catching fish with these nets. They were in the midst of the mundane and ordinary when Jesus saw them.

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.” (Luke 5:1-2)

I can’t help but wonder, if these fishermen were frustrated and a bit hopeless. They had been out all night, and yet they had not caught any fish. Here they were, washing their nets to prepare to go out again — wondering if they would be able to catch some fish. Wondering if they would be facing failure once again.

That is what waiting often feels like to us — failure. But waiting does not mean failure. Just as it was important for the fishermen to care for their nets so they would not break, it is important for us to go through and grow through waiting seasons so that we are ready for God to use us for His kingdom’s sake.

Why God Tells Us To Wait

Sometimes, it can be difficult for us to see why we would need to wait. We have already been waiting for years — whether it is for a dream to happen, a job, a spouse, health, a baby… We wait, and sometimes the waiting just about breaks our hearts. Our hearts ache when we see others getting the one thing we have prayed for, waited for years now. Every now and then, our hopes get up — only to realize a while later that we are still in the waiting season. It hurts, and it’s hard to explain why.

Oswald Chambers says, “God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience.”

Our faithfulness is tested with the small things. It is in the washing and stretching of nets, rather than when we are catching fish. It is in the mundane, little things. The things that do not even seem to matter much. That is where our faithfulness is tested. That is where our hearts are tested. Just think of the fishermen. There they were, washing their nets when they met Jesus. They had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. Surely they felt the hurt of shame because of that.

What To Do While You Wait

What do you do when you wait? How do you get through this season of waiting that feels so long?

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” (Luke 5:4-6)

God makes us in the seasons of waiting. He speaks His truth, until it is weaved into the strings of our hearts. He tests our hearts, our obedience, our trust — and most of the time, this is painful for us. The pressure on our heart and soul is heavy, unrelenting at times. Yet this is where the unnecessary bits are washed away, where our faith is purified.

In the waiting season, remain faithful with the little things. Those everyday things that feel like they matter very little? They actually matter greatly. In choosing obedience now, God is working a beautiful thing in your heart. He is creating that steady faith in your soul, the one that trusts His goodness through all the seasons and circumstances. Before you know it, He is placing you in that boat, your nets breaking because of the great number of fish.

So hold on, friend. Have patience. God is shaping you right now, right in this season — and great things are coming.

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  1. Great inspiration today, Ronja! I was just reading in Matthew 9 this morning. The woman who touched Jesus and was healed. Miraculous! Yet we often forget she had been suffering, waiting for the twelve years to be healed. Blessings on your week ahead!

    1. That is such a good point! We see the miracles of Jesus, yet often we forget the long years these people have been suffering and waiting before the miracle came. But the miracle or the answer will eventually come, and it will be so much better than we even dared to hope. Thank you for visiting here! God bless you!

  2. Wow. Knowing that God is shaping and molding us in that waiting is greatly encouraging. I stink at waiting; impatience has been a sin I’ve dealt with for much of my life. But this last year I’ve been so gifted and thankful for other brothers and sisters in Christ who keep pointing me back to God’s Word and where He commands us to wait on Him and see His great salvation. Truly He is doing wondrous things and He is going to do wondrous things. I just need to be faithful and obedience by His grace.

    1. Thank you for sharing this with me, Emily! Waiting truly can be so hard. I can be fairly impatient as well, and I find myself having to repent often. What a blessing it is to have those loving, gracious brothers and sisters in Christ, who keep pointing us towards God and His will. We are never alone, not even in the waiting season. Thanks for stopping by here and taking the time to comment, Emily! God bless you!

  3. I love this post so much. My word for 2017 is “Wait” so this resonated with me deeply. I never thought about what the disciples were doing…that they were washing their nets. Thank you for this.

    1. Praise the Lord! What a great and certainly challenging word you have for this year. Thank you for taking the time to share this with me, Aimee. God bless you!

    2. Aimee, “wait” is my word this year , too! And it can be so hard. Sometimes it feels like a child who’s been sent to the timeout chair. Ronja, you hit the nail on the head when you wrote that waiting can feel like failure. Our three year old granddaughter keeps telling us that she’s growing while she sleeps (not sure who told her that). And it’s so true! In the dark, the quiet, the lonely, God can do His greatest work and prepare us for that “dream come true. “

      1. Alice, what a truth that is. It is in the waiting seasons, in those times when it feels like nothing is happening — that God can do His greatest works in us. Thank you for taking the time and leaving a sweet comment here, Alice! God bless you!

  4. You’re right; we get bogged down in the mundane and forget to stand in faith that He will bring it to pass in His perfect timing. We want to see the big miracles that happen fast, when sometimes the miracle is that He leads us and sustains us and stays close to our side day after day, week after week, month after month, and even year after year.
    I love that quote by Oswald Chambers; he really tells it like it is!

    1. What a blessing it is that God leads us, sustains us and protects us day by day, no matter how we are! That is such a miracle in itself. Thank you for visiting here and taking the time to comment! God bless you!

  5. I agree. Waiting does feel like failure… and wasting time! In our hurry up, do it now world, just learning to pause to wait for further instruction from God can be really hard… but oh so necessary! Thanks for your post!

    1. Yes, so true! The world today is such a fast paced one where being busy is glorified — and sometimes this leaves no room for God to work in our hearts. Thank you for visiting here, Karen! God bless you!

  6. Hi Ronja,
    It seems most of life requires us to wait for things we really desire and it’s amazing how God uses these times in our lives to show us something of his perspective, his nature or his character — if we’re open to that invitation from him, while we wait. xoxo Sending much love to you!

    1. Valerie, you are so right! In every season we can learn so much about God, which is why it’s so important to go through different seasons with an open heart. Thank you for visiting here, friend! God bless you!

  7. We have just come through a long season of adversity as we watched what God was doing right to the very end. Waiting for the victory means being faithful and trusting God with everything. And when the time is right, He will give the victory.

    The thing we need to remember is that once we have the victory, that we do not lapse into apathy but we remain strong in our faith, every ready to move forward with the next challenge the Lord allows to come our way.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that we need to be faithful in the little things, be trustworthy in them and when we are found faithful, He will increase the size of the things we are being faithful in.

    Stopped by from Coffee for Your Heart.

    1. Amen! God will come through eventually, when the timing is right to fulfill His purposes. We only have to think about our past experiences to see God’s faithfulness very clearly in our lives. Thank you for stopping by here and taking the time to comment! God bless you!

  8. Hi Ronja, Your post was just what I needed to hear today! God is constantly refining us and those waiting seasons can be filled with growing pains. It is easy to lose perspective and not see the importance in small acts of love, faithfulness and obedience to our God.

    1. Thank you, Heidi! You are so right. It is easy to lose perspective. But I’m so thankful that God keeps reminding us of His faithfulness and love time and time again. God bless you!

  9. Waiting is a subject that I have been thinking on a lot lately as we are in a period of transition in our family, changing jobs and moving, etc. I really appreciate your perspective! (Found your blog via Grace & Truth linkup!)

    1. Thank you! I’m sure waiting is something you have had to thought on a lot with all the changing in your family. I’m sure the Lord has taught you wonderful things! God bless you!