How to know the wait is of God

Long-suffering means to suffer long. That sound scary right? Many try to avoid this aspect of scriptures, who wants to suffer long?

A less scary definition is that longsuffering means patient or long patient. At one point or the other in our lives, we all need to wait for one thing or the other. Have you had to wait for something before?

But not all wait is of God, some are orchestrated by the devil. The article attempts to ascertain when a wait is of God and why we need to wait.

How do you know that a wait is of God?

1. If it is for a little while or a moment

There are few verses in the New Testament that tells us about long-suffering, which we have defined as suffering for a long time or being patient 

Many times we could never tell how long in terms of the measurable time we ought to wait before the desire is granted

These scriptures Below provide us with some  insights on how long it is expected of us to wait, take a look at some of them:

1Pet.5.10, But the God of all grace, who has called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, He will make you perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.

Heb.10.37 Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry

2Cor.4.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

Ps.30.5 For His anger endures for a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

The Bible uses the word a little while, a moment to represent the time we ought to wait.

Then someone may ask if it were just for a moment or a little while, why did I need to wait for a long time to get certain things – months and sometimes years?

My response to you will be in the scripture below:

2Pet.3.8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day

This simply means that 1000 years to us is equal to one day in God’s timing. In the timing of God we don’t even live up to 1day (so short)

If this is true, then imagine how long a moment or a little while will mean to us in terms of our timing

I tried to do some mathematical calculations

First I tried to define how long a little while and a moment is 

Google defines a while as 4 months and a little while as 3 months

Google defines a moment as 90 seconds, while the oxford dictionary defines a moment as 1/50th of an hour which is equivalent to 1 min 2 secs

Now if:

1000 years to us is equal to 1 day in God’s timing i.e. 1000 years = 1 day

And a little while is equal to 3 months

How long is a little while (3 months) in God’s timing?

If you have the answer to this Bible mathematics, then you can ascertain how long you ought to wait when God says a little while

Also if:

1000 years = 1 day

And a moment = 1min 30 secs

1440 mins = 1 day

How long is a moment (1min 30 secs) in the eyes of God?

If you can answer this too then you know how long you should wait when God says, for a moment? 

I hope this scriptural mathematics answers your question, for they have answered mine!

2. If God says so

Most times when we find ourselves waiting, God shows us several signs while we need to wait

We try several alternatives and it doesn’t work; sometimes it looks like all doors have been shut on us

And then we feel frustrated and devastated, The Holy Spirit comforts us.

And then we know and are sure that God is still with us in this suffering.

Sometimes He even speaks to us to be patient – I remember a particular period of my life when I was in this state He gave me a word from Heb.6.10

That word gave me the courage to wait and He showed up in a big way 

God will show up for you in a big way!

Scriptural reasons why God is patient 

1. Enough time for others to be saved 

Roms 2.4, Don’t you realize how kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see how kind He has been in giving you time to turn from sin?

2Pet.3.9, The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time to everyone.

2Pet.3.15a, And remember the Lord is waiting so that people have time to be saved. 

2. To save the worst sinners 

1 Tim 1.16, But that is why God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life.

3. To prove the authenticity of your Christian faith 

2cor6.6, We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. A proof that the Holy Spirt controls your life 

Gal5.22-23a, But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance. 

5. To Enhance our relationship with others 

Eph.4.2, Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 

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