Here is my favorite scene of waiting. 2 Samuel 5:18-24. The Philistines had deployed themselves in battle array. David inquired of the Lord and He gave him specific instructions. There was a great victory breakthrough (Baal Perazim).
Same situation. The Philistines again deployed themselves. David did not copy what he had done before. Again he inquired of the Lord. This time the Lord told him to wait until he heard the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees.
Can’t you imagine that scene? David and his army are waiting with hearing ears. They are ready, but they are not to move until…then to advance quickly.
It is a great lesson to us in waiting. Here is another scene I love and refer to often in my mind. The Lord told Samuel that the next day he would encounter a young man who would become the king.
1 Samuel 9:14 is the divine interception. It says, “So they went up to the city. As they were coming into the city, there was Samuel, coming out toward them on his way to the high place.”
Verse 23 says, “And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, Set it apart.” As you read on you will see how the cook brought out the the ‘set apart’ portion.
As we wait, the Lord is setting up His provision for us. It is all behind the scenes. It requires our full trust. Wholly, absolutely, intentionally, trusting even when we cannot see any evidence of God’s provision.
Genesis 18:14 says, “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Genesis 21:2 says, “For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the SET TIME of which God had spoken to him.”
We are purified-strengthened in our faith through our trial of waiting. God is acting on our behalf. He brings up any dross of impatience that would thwart His purpose.