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Patiently Waiting on God: 5 Empowering Tips (Even For Complainers)

Are you waiting patiently on God to get a prayer answered?

I am.

Well, maybe not patiently waiting…More like forced to wait.

Isn’t that the way most of us live our lives? We are forced or even stuck in the “wait” mode.  Waiting to grow up, waiting to graduate, get a job, find a spouse, waiting to have a baby…retirement.

Sounds monotonous. There has got to be more to life than just waiting.

But wait…there is more (pun intended).

Could it be that we can do something while we are patiently waiting on God?

Instead of complaining, throwing fits, stewing, or running away from God, consider changing your attitude about the process; it may shorten the wait time.

Choose to stop and learn what God is trying to teach you in the first place because the process of waiting (patience) is just as important as what you are waiting for.

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Does waiting on God mean doing nothing? On the contrary, wait means “a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy” according to Webster’s Dictionary.

It also means “to serve”—just like a waiter waits or serves at a restaurant.

Webster defines patiently as” in a patient mannerwith calmness or without complaint or hurry in spite of delays, difficulties, tedium, etc.”

If you put all the definitions together you get this meaning: calmly serving and watching without complaint despite difficulties and delays.

Truthfully, the “without complaint despite difficulties” gets me every time.

If you are one of those people (like me) who thrashes around in frustration while waiting on God, realize there is more to your trial than waiting.

There are things to do while patiently waiting on God to move in your life.

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How Do You Patiently Wait on God?

When waiting on God becomes difficult, what do you do? Do you moan, complain, and wallow in self-pity?  Or is there something else going on with your trial that you haven’t considered?

Perhaps you have been given the opportunity to wait for a reason. Before you have a complete meltdown and walk away from your faith, check out these 5 benefits of waiting on the Lord:

1. Trust while patiently waiting on God

Waiting on God is a mind game; it’s finding a confident peace in our minds knowing we can trust God with our circumstances.

Every day Satan whispers negative thoughts into our ears like, “God has forgotten you” or “God doesn’t care about your problems.” Perhaps you have heard this one…”God doesn’t love you. Just give up.”

Don’t believe it. It is a lie! Trust that His timing is perfect. 

Fight back with truth using “waiting on God” verses.

Keep repeating the words over and over. It will remind you to trust God with your life and those you love even if you have to wait a long time for Him to answer your prayers.

Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (NIV).

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2. Pursue God while patiently waiting on Him

It is easy to become angry and bitter when you are patiently waiting on God. Instead of running away from God, try fellowship and prayer with Him. Ask Him what He is doing right now, and how you can grow during this time.

Worship Him despite your circumstances. In fact, this is an opportunity to enter into His presence like never before. God draws us to Him when we go through trials, which is why He allows them in the first place.

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3. Serve others while patiently waiting on God

God assigns us the most common and mundane tasks to do while we are patiently waiting on Him to answer our prayers.

Just like a waiter waits on others, God may be calling you to wait on His people.

Don’t despise washing dishes, laundry, cleaning, changing dirty diapers, going to a job, or serving your community. If you’re waiting on God for a miracle, calmly serve God without complaint. In other words, do good with your time. Serving is truly the BEST way to help manage the pain of waiting on God.

Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (NLT).

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4. Believe God is good while patiently waiting on God

Choose to believe God is good even though it looks different in the natural. Your feelings can not be trusted in a trial. Choose not to give in to negativity, hopelessness, anger, or despair. The truth is that God is doing things behind the scenes that you don’t know about or understand.

Did you know that God’s name is never mentioned in the Book of Esther? But God was working behind the scenes in powerful ways. In the end, God’s goodness was evident: Haman was hung, the edict was reversed, and the Jews were saved.

It is much the same with you. God may not be overtly evident, but He still has a good plan.  He loves you passionately and is working on your behalf. He is there with you as you walk this journey of waiting patiently for Him to come through.

Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

5. Be grateful while patiently waiting on God

Be grateful for what God has already given you.

Many times we become hyper-focused on one issue in our lives that aren’t going well and forget to look around and see what God has already done for us.

When I start losing hope, I count all my blessings. You can do the same thing. What blessings do you have? Focus on these things instead of your problems.

Furthermore, when God does answer your prayers, you will be so grateful for what you have been given because you waited a long time to see it come to pass.

“Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”(NIV).

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What Does the Bible Say About Waiting On God’s Timing?

There are many Bible verses about waiting patiently on God’s timing; it seems to be a reoccurring theme in the Christian life. If the Bible has so many verses on this subject, it must be a good thing.

Check out these “waiting on God verses” that will encourage you while you are stuck in a holding pattern:

Isiah 40:31

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

Romans 8:25

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Psalm 27:14

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

Don’t be weary while you wait for the Lord because it is where all the good stuff happens. You will grow closer to God, get stronger, have endurance, and reflect the Savior more in the end. More importantly, it pleases God when you have faith and wait..

Clearly, we all need these profound times of patiently waiting on God to grow us toward spiritual maturity. There is no other way to develop character that reflects Jesus. Embrace the wait and learn everything you can so you don’t have to take the test again.

Perhaps God is actually waiting on you. How’s that for a plot twist?

What do you do when patiently waiting on God? Comment below. 

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22 thoughts on “Patiently Waiting on God: 5 Empowering Tips (Even For Complainers)”

  1. Please pray for me. I believe God has given me a second, third, and fourth chance. I believe he is here but I haven’t heard from him recently. I am constantly bombarded by thoughts by the devil telling me that I can’t be saved and that I’m going to die and go to hell. I want to do in God’s name. I want to do the will of God. I want to do in the name of my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I believe in him and want to serve him. I want him to take my heart and soul and transform it.

    1. Jon, anyone can be saved. No matter what you have done. The Bible says that if you ask Him into your heart to be Lord of your life and repent of your sins, you will be saved. Real repentance means a life change. Transformation. Brokeness. A heart change to no longer do what the world says, but what God says. It is a process of giving over your sinful nature to him. You may need help if you are struggling with addictions. There are times when you need to ask for accountability as well as counseling to rewire your thinking. God loves you and he wants to live free. I pray you will move forward with this!

  2. Gemma Galoa Perez

    Hi! Thank you for inspiring me and helping ☺️ me make my faith in God stronger -strongest and to put my Trust in Him whatever the circumstances that come my way

    1. Gemma, thank you for your comments. It is hard to patiently wait on God. Most of the time, he moves slowly. We may not even see his hand but things are happening. In fact, he does his best work in the waiting.

  3. I thank God for what he has done for me . God has reviewed good things to me. Pray for me please so that I know how to wait for him.

    1. Patson, I pray right now that God would give you the strength to wait on Him. It takes time to change hearts and move on people to do the right thing. In the meantime, keep faithful to His word. Keep working and praying.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your encouragement. Lately, I have been struggling with waiting patiently for God to move. I reread this and it reminded me of His truth despite the circumstances. Take care.

  4. All of these comments and suggestions have definitely helped remind me to stay grateful, strong, and faithful while waiting. I believe god has plans for each and everyone of us and that’s why I will continue to pray and trust in him to hear my prayers.

    1. Ashley, I have to remind myself of these truths when I get discouraged. Patiently waiting on God takes real strength to trust Him, especially when it looks grim. Thanks for commenting!

    1. Kristin, worship music is the best. It definitely helps me when I am patiently waiting on God to do something! Ok, so I still struggle with the patience part, but, nonetheless, it helps. Thanks for your comment.

  5. I’ve definitely been pushing in to being expectant. I know He’s everywhere, He uses everything and I’m expectant of Him as I wait. My journalling and record keeping has really picked up due to this, I know an answer will come, I expect it. With the Lord, the wait is always worth it I reckon xx

    1. Chrissie, I am so glad you are learning to be expectant. Truthfully, I wrote this post because I am learning the same thing. It is hard to believe and trust God with our problems when they don’t look possible in the natural. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Lisa, I am really working on gratitude instead of obsessing on that one thing that I want God to do. Waiting on God is just plain hard, but He uses it for His good. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Gillian, I just read it and it is so much of what I just went through with my daughter who had a concussion. Satan really tried his best to attack us while we are isolated at home and waiting for healing. Thank goodness we are through the rough parts. Waiting on God to move has been hard but a good lesson in trust.

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