Waiting on the Lord to accomplish His plan in His time has to be one of the hardest things to do. Knowing and understanding that His will is best, His plan is perfect, and His timing is precise. When He does provide and supply what we need, or He brings you into that place that He planned you can release a sigh of relief. Looking back you can see and understand why He allowed it all to happen.
But in the in-between times, when you are in the middle of the storm and valley it is virtually impossible to see any rhyme or reason. This is why the true servant of God must walk by faith, and he will. This is why the Lord teaches patience, steadfastness, and increases your faith and confidence completely in Him through that time. The assurance and peace He gives, keeps you moving forward and trusting in Him, that He will do exactly what He promised.
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, [wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.] “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, [but the righteous shall live by his faith.] Habakkuk 2:2-4
You have a need for endurance, this is why He seems to take longer than you would think it would take. He knows what you really need. It is not the things of this world, but spiritual training, inner strength, increased faith, and discipline to fight the battle that is ahead.
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For,
“Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:35-39
Learn every lesson the Lord brings your way. He will discipline and train you for the work that is ahead. Like a boxer who must train hard with sweat, pain, sacrifice, and a great struggle to prepare for the fight to come. If he is slack and lazy or trains half-hearted, he will lose and be defeated.
So think of it as intense training for the fight to come. For the battle, you will have to wage for the cause and sake of Christ. His discipline is necessary. He will train you in every aspect. He will prepare you to accomplish the work He has prepared for you to do. The harder the discipline the stronger you will become, the more difficult the training the greater the fight will be ahead, and because of this discipline and training, you will overcome and be victorious in Jesus’ Name.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Ephesians 3:20