How Well Do You Wait?

Updated: 5 days ago

"We are too often double espresso followers of a decaf Sovereign."

- John Ortberg

John Ortberg, a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois wrote a book called, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat (Zondervan, 2001) from which these quotes are taken:

"The ability to wait well is a test of maturity...
"The ability to control impulses, the refusal to live in patient waiting and trust, lies close to the heart of human fallenness.
"Paul says that while we are waiting for God to set everything right, we suffer. But suffering produces endurance; endurance, character; and character, hope. God is producing those qualities in us as we wait. Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. It is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.

"What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Let's start with a word about what biblical waiting is not. It is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow you to escape your trouble. People sometimes say, "I'm just waiting on the Lord," as an excuse not to face up to reality, own up their responsibility, or take appropriate action...
"Waiting on the Lord is a confident, disciplined, expectant, active, and sometimes painful clinging to God.
"Waiting on the Lord is the continual, daily decision to say, "I will trust you, and I will obey you. Even though the circumstances of my life are not turning out the way I want them to, and may never turn out the way I would choose, I am betting everything on you. I have no plan B."
"So what does it take to wait well?"
Patient Trust
"Will I trust that God has good reasons for saying, "wait"? Will I remember that things look different to God because he views things from an eternal perspective?
Confident Humility
"Waiting on the Lord a