What is the purpose of God’s discipline? It is to train, to bring course correction, and to conform us to His image. According to Hebrews 12:11 there is an end intended. It says, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
If discipline does not reach the heart, there will be no fruit that glorifies the Lord. Waiting is a form of discipline. Trials reveal hidden dross. What dross is exposed when we are waiting? The first thing I think of is impatience.
James 1:3 says of our various trials, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” How is the ‘gold’ of our faith tested? It goes through the fire of purification. 1 Peter 1:7 says that it is tested for its genuineness. It reminds me of David’s words in Psalm 26:2. It says, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.”
How is your conscience? 2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “…by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” Paul wrote to his son in the faith to have a good conscience. 1 Timothy 1:5, and 3:9. 4:2 says that our conscience can become seared.
I love Paul’s testimony. May it be true of everyone who names the name of Christ. Acts 24:16 says, “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”
When our conscience is guilty or seared, we will be insensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever started to do something, but you stop because you sensed that the Holy Spirit has spoken to your heart? He checked you before you could act. What we do next is a choice.
The enemy of our soul uses our waiting time to bring in distractions. They all are targeting our hidden flesh. His aim is to get us to depart from the Lord’s way. We need to be ready for the onslaught so we are not caught off guard.
God is using our waiting to purify our faith by exposing, and satan is using it to destroy our faith. His insistent jabs of ‘do it now’ type thoughts are designed to get us to react in our flesh.
Let’s use our frustration with others or our circumstances as God’s signal to humble our heart. Our hidden flesh rises because it wants its way. God’s grace is essential in every moment in our lives. We cannot exemplify Him in our flesh.
Here are some of my key verses while I wait. I use them to fortify my thoughts and help me stay in focus. 2 Samuel 5:18-24, 2 Chronicles 20:12, Psalm 37:7, Isaiah 30:18, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 62:1, 5, Lamentations 3:25-26, Psalms 27:14.
Isaiah 64:4 says that God acts for those who wait for Him. I just read this one yesterday. Micah 7:7 says, “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”