Waiting is hard work.
Whether you’re waiting to complete an adoption, waiting to learn about a foster care placement, or waiting for general direction from God, remember these words from Paul David Tripp in his book, A Shelter in the Time of Storm:
“Remember, waiting isn’t just about what you are hoping for at the end of the wait, but also about what you will become as you wait.” God has something for you, even in this challenging season.
But we know waiting isn’t easy.
Thankfully, God’s Word is sufficient even while we wait. Here are 7 verses for your encouragement today—
1. Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
2. Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
3. Isaiah 30:18
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.
4. Isaiah 64:4
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides You, Who acts for those who wait for Him.
5. Lamentations 3:25
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
6. Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
7. James 5:11
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
The Old Testament prophet Hosea wrote the nation of Israel some words that we can also apply to our own seasons of waiting—
So by the help of your God, hold fast to love and justice and wait continually for Him
For further encouragement, read David Platt’s Prayer for Those Who Wait.