Right now in this season, it is apparent to all of us that we are in a battle. There’s no denying it. From COVID -19, the shelter in place, the world economy tanking and now the riots and racial tensions. And in all of this, amongst everything else, many of us are waiting. Waiting for our health to return, waiting for financial breakthroughs, waiting for life to get back to normal (whatever that means), waiting for the world to love and value one another with respect, dignity and honor . . .
When I think about waiting, it seems passive, nonproductive and even lazy.
I woke up this morning with the phrase ‘it’s in the waiting.’
I asked God what He meant by that.
‘It’s in the waiting, that I am preparing you.
It’s in the waiting, where I am strengthening you.
It’s in the waiting, where you will grow, where your capacity will be expanded– if you allow it.’
Waiting, in the usual sense for me brings thoughts of passivity, boredom, biding time . . . A bit like sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting for your appointment. Or even worse the DMV . . . But there is also a ‘divine waiting.’ The place of in between the promise and the physical manifestation of what you’re waiting for.
Sometimes it feels like the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. You have made great sacrifices and some painful choices believing God for His purposes. And you are standing on His promises waiting to see them fulfilled in resurrection power.
So, what can we actually do while we’re in that divine tension?
I think of Daniel as he waited and prayed, contending for breakthrough. Three weeks waiting until the angel Gabriel appeared and explained God had heard his prayer but he had been held up fighting with the prince of Persia.
While we’re waiting ‘down here’, there is a war going on ‘up there.’
I love what Kris V says. ‘We are three-dimensional people often looking for a one-dimensional answer.’ We often make the mistake of looking to what we see in the physical realm for the answer to our problems and circumstances. Rather than focusing our attention to the Heavens where the real battle, the root of the issue really is.
We do not war against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of the air. Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that you may stand your ground and even after the battle, still will be standing firm. Ephesians 6:12-13
As a prophetic people we are called to battle. Personally, for me, if I look too closely or too much at what is happening in the world at the moment, I can feel overwhelmed and helpless. Thoughts of ‘I’m only one person what difference can I make’ begin to flood my mind. And that is exactly where the enemy wants us looking at a three-dimensional problem through one dimensional lens.
What can we do in the waiting?
- First of all, we can stand!
Stand and agree with God’s promises. The Bible says where two or three agree it shall be done. So, we can stand in unity and declare and believe for God’s purposes to take place.
Where brethren dwell together in unity, there God commands the blessing. There is a supernatural power that flows from unity, that the world and the church is yet to fully understand. However, the enemy understands it very well – hence the divisive spirit that is flooding the world at the moment.
It’s time for the worldwide body of Christ to stand in unity and barrage Heaven with prayers and declarations. Releasing the angels and the power, peace and presence of God to a world overcome by fear and division.
- We can remember to look from Heaven’s perspective.
‘We are seated in Heavenly places.’ Ephesians 2:6
This is not just a doctrinal truth. But a Heavenly reality. Because we are spirits in a physical body and we have Christ residing inside of us, we have the ability to actually see from that place in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. Just as an eagle soars above and sees 4-8 times more than the average human, so too do we have a broader perspective when we use our spiritual eyes.
- Ask God what is one practical step we can take towards the manifestation of our promise and DO it!
- Utilize the waiting time and be intentional about growing and developing while we’re waiting.
- Don’t isolate. Schedule in meetings with others we can encourage and be encouraged from.
- Serve someone else’s vision while we’re waiting to see our own vision come to fruition.
Waiting is not passive. It can be a season and a very productive one if we are intentional.
I love what the Merriam Webster dictionary defines as waiting. To wait – ‘A hidden or concealed position.’
As prophetic people we have access to hidden insight and strategies that others are not aware of.
Merriam Webster goes on to define waiting – ‘To be ready and available, to stay in a place of expectation and watchfulness.’
I think of Jesus during his ‘inbetween’ Friday and Resurrection Sunday. And he was NOT waiting passively!! He took the keys of sin and death from the enemy!
So, what are you doing as you wait in this divine tension?
What are you staying in expectation for?
What are you watching for?
Are you ready?
Are you available?
Let’s make our lives count.
Let’s make our life worth the wait!
By Kim Beaumont