Devotional: What Is The Secret of Waiting?

Everybody talks about waiting for this and waiting for that, and although waiting can be painful, and quite honestly never ending, I have learned an important secret. First of all, let me be real with you guys, I am not a good “waiter;” I don’t like to wait. There, I have said it! But seriously, who likes waiting especially when we want to rush ahead to the next thing because we are not content where God has us in the moment. Yikes! I am guilty of that. I have lived in North Carolina for 71/2 years and over the years I have had to learn to wait. Wait and not rush ahead, which I have to admit isn’t in my human nature to do.

Let me share with how you how God, did a “hard reset” in my mind about waiting. As I began to dig into my bible, I read about the lives of several people who had to wait; and sometimes their situations looked horrible before they got getter. I will focus on one that has really had an impact on my life this year, Joseph. We all know Joseph as the kid with the coat of many colors and how he shared with his brothers, albeit prematurely, the dreams of them bowing down to him. God gave Joseph little inklings about what his future would look like but I bet he never thought that being thrown in a ditch, and being sold to the Egyptians would play a role in his waiting season.

Joseph was thrown in a dungeon, after being falsely accused of rape, so he waited. He was forgotten in the dungeon after he interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker, so he waited. He waited 2 years for Pharaoh to have his dream about the 7 cows and the ears of grain. “ And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed, and behold, he was standing at the Nile” (Genesis 41:1, King James Bible).  He also had to wait 13 years to reconcile with his brothers after God took him out of the pit to the palace. But the question remains? What happened to him while he waited? And how did he wait? The bible shows us that he was distraught about his situation, but the Bible does give us the secret to how he waited. In Genesis 39: 2 it says, “The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master” (New International Version).

What does that mean? It means that the secret to pressing through the wait is to know that God is with you while you are in the waiting. You are not waiting alone because God is with you walking with you, growing you from the inside out. Joseph realized that God was with him, in the dungeon of his life. In the waiting… Joseph honed the skills that God gave him in interpreting dreams. He learned to hear from the Lord, and gave glory to God because he knew that nothing was happening because of his doing but because God was getting ready to do a miracle on his behalf. This miracle would not only save the Egyptians, but also end Joseph’s wait at the right time, and bring reconciliation with his brothers. You see God knows the “end time” to our waiting. It will not always last for a long time, even though it feels like it. God knows. What should we do while we wait? Dream big, live with reckless abandon and do all the things that God is calling you to do in that particular season of your life. Learn to embrace the season for what it is because after all, there is always a hope in the end of the season. God’s working on something amazing even though we can’t see the bigger picture but I promise you it is always worth the wait.

Written By Mavette Augustine

Bio: My name is Mavette Augustine and I am Follower of Jesus. I love singing, sharing the gospel with internationals and random people. I love traveling, song writing, and cooking. Some would say I am very funny and quite feisty when I want to be. However, I am just me; and I love myself just the way God created me.

My name is Mavette Augustine and I am Follower of Jesus. I love singing, sharing the gospel with internationals and random people. I love traveling, song writing, and cooking. Some would say I am very funny and quite feisty when I want to be. However, I am just me; and I love myself just the way God created me.