I love the message bible rendition of Romans 8:24:
That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us.
‘’Waiting doesn’t diminish us, but we are enlarged in the process’’. This is a liberating truth that we can hold on to. I realize personally from experience that life is in stages and phases, each with its unique dynamics and seasons. When we are in our waiting season, we pass through different trials, tests, and temptations. But is God unjust to tell us to wait for the fulfillment a promise?
Reading through the story of many heroes of faith like Abraham, Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, and even the mother of our Lord Jesus -Mary, I learned a very deep principle about the waiting season – What waiting does for us is far much more than that which we receive as the promise.
From our very own father Abraham, waiting to receive Isaac was a preparation process for him to become the father of many nations. Hannah had to be able to learn how to compose her hallelujah song while waiting to conceive and give birth to a prophet Samuel- 1st Samuel 2:1-10. Elizabeth the Mother of John the Baptist had to become the godmother to our Lord Jesus Christ in her waiting season Luke 1:40-45.
All these journals of faith aren’t for story sake, as we know, the Bible is not a historical book without present-day relevance.
Now, what does waiting do to us?
1. Waiting makes us prepared to bear and birth God’s promises
2. Waiting brings us to a new level of our walk with God
3. Waiting opens our compassion tank, we know clearly that that which we receive is by grace and hence we can comfort others in similar waiting experience.
As I wrap up this post, I want to encourage you, whatever promise God has given to you, whatever word of prophecy that is upon your life, never for once think that God has forgotten you or is unjust to you as you wait for the manifestation, rather, learn what he wants you to learn on your faith walk with him.
And remember this always, waiting never diminishes you.