One of the areas I’m constantly working on is being patient and waiting on God’s timing.
At times, the waiting process is hard and discouraging. We get tired because we don’t see any tangible results and ask ourselves ‘Where are you, God?’.
In these moments when we feel pressured to give up and turn our backs on Christ, we have to remember that this season is important to our growth. Keeping our eyes on God will serve to build perseverance and commitment to Him and enable us to get deeper into His word.
During my many struggles, I have found that meditating on God’s word helps. Reading, writing or even memorizing helpful Bible verses remind me that God has done it before and will do it again if we just trust Him.God has done it before and will do it again if we just trust Him.Click To Tweet
Therefore, I want to share with you these 10 Scriptures that always encourage me to be patient and wait for God’s timing.
1. 2 Chronicles 15:7
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind when I first read this verse was ‘Well yes, BUT WHEN?’ (Preferably the exact time and place so I can plan my outfit). It felt like this verse was just stringing me along.
Understanding this sentence, however, required me to do one thing – to look at my life in retrospect.
Once I did that I started smiling and praising God because I remembered all the times he came through for me in the past. And how the time I had to wait was nothing in comparison to the blessing I received afterward.
2. Galatians 6:9
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Sometimes we may worry that we are putting in way more effort than others and get frustrated. However, God promises us that staying the course and continuing the good work will be worth it.
3. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Probably one of the most well-known Bible verses of all time, Jeremiah 29:11. It assures us that God hasn’t forgotten about us, but rather that everything we are going through is part of his agenda.
What is even more comforting, is that God is that kind of leader that will be with us every step of the way, encouraging and supporting us from the front row.
4. Isaiah 40:31
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
It is no secret that even the strongest person gets tired at times. But that’s when we can tap into the infinite source of power that is God’s strength.
Hoping in the Lord in times of difficulties will help us renew our strength and wait on his promises.
5. Hebrew 10:36
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Jesus didn’t promise us a life without trials and tribulations. Instead, he promised us to be on our side when we face these challenges. This verse beautifully reminds us that there is hope for us if we stand firm in God’s word and live for him.
6. Lamentations 3:25-26
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
It is important to remember that God will answer if we seek his presence and ask him for help. Developing a strong prayer life enables us to build a connection to God. It helps us to understand his instructions and gives us peace while waiting.
7. James 5:8
“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
Whenever my mind is racing and suggesting all these alternative paths I could take to fulfill my heart’s desires, I remember that standing firm in God’s word means to trust in Him and not give up the moment challenges arise.
8. Psalm 40:1
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”
Every time I read this verse it brings love and joy to my heart because we are assured that he cares for us.
9. John 13:7
“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’”
As the author of our lives, God knows the beginning and the end. We must remember the wider perspective and focus our eyes on eternity.
10. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Have you ever tried to teach a toddler how to write their name?
You make them grasp the bottom end of the pen, while you hold on to the top. Their excitement to write on a blank canvas and create a word that describes their unique self urges them to tighten their grip.
However, only when they allow us to lead their hand they can fabricate their most beautiful depiction of themselves.
Through this verse, God asks us to do the same thing. To let go of what we think our lives should look like and allow him to create the most beautiful version of it yet.
Patience is a virtue that needs to be practiced. Thankfully God gave us a lot of material to learn from. I hope that these verses will help you navigate through your current season like they help me repeatedly.