Years ago, God began to convict me when I would use the phrase, “I can’t wait…” To this day every time I use it, I feel a little nag inside. I am actively attempting to change the statement, but it’s taking time because it’s such a common phrase.
You may be wondering, “What’s the big deal with the phrase? Why would it be a problem?”
Well, first…because God has been convicting me…but the second reason is this…
The phrase, “I can’t wait,” shows a lack of patience. We use it to show eagerness, but it can take hold of our hearts and increase our feelings of dissatisfaction and also it can cause us to have unrealistic expectations that also result in disappointment.
Have you ever thought about this before? I still find it very convicting.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
So many scriptures direct us toward patience. But I love the one above because it shows that to be patient it takes courageous bravery. It’s not easy.
Honestly, I feel like part of what we are fighting is the attitude that I was raised hearing…”Don’t pray for patience.” I say, “Ask God for patience.” Why are we so afraid to be uncomfortable?
I ask all the time, “God please help me to be patient and wait for You.” This is a great thing to pray. The result of it has been so refining.
Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. Psalm 105:19
Isn’t this verse amazing?!
God had big plans for Joseph and his position would be important for many people, so God used all the things the enemy tried to do in his life, to test and develop his character.
I don’t know about you, but I really want to make sure that my character is strong. Strong enough to hold firm when God releases the fullness of His favor over my life. Don’t you?
So, next time you are about to say, “I can’t wait,” instead try this, “I am so excited for..” or “I look so forward to…”
I bet you’ll begin to experience some of the changes that I’ve been experiencing if you choose to do so!
God, please fill my heart with a willingness to wait on You. I am sorry for anytime that I have let the root of excitement bear the fruit of impatience. Teach me to walk in Your ways. Show me how to be steady. I want to be filled with patience. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.