How did the teacher know that Wednesday evening that I was preparing to preach a sermon on "Waiting on God"? He spoke about our society being an instant gratification cult. He noted that we are living "helter-skelter" lives, burning our candles at both ends. He stressed that we don't seem to find the time to stop and listen to God. I was pleased to discover that I wasn't the only one who felt that way.

While many of us share similar feelings, not many of us know how to get out of the rat race — our incessant whirlpool we call the daily grind. How do we bring some semblance of order to our lives that makes sense?

Even more tragically, many of us are perfectly content with living this "out of control" way! We continue this pace even though we are in danger of becoming disconnected from God and the things of God. Many of us inhabit lives that are going a million different directions at once, with no clear destination. We are committed to so many "good things" that we don't seem to have the time for the truly meaningful things.

The psalmist, in a few simple words, has charted out the path to a rewarding life when he said, "Be still and know that I am the Lord." (Psalm 46:10) The problem with us is that we don't want to be still long enough to know that He really is the Lord. He is the Lord of all our existence — not just our church activity, but our marriage and family, our business and friends, our money and health, and anything else we wish to add to that list.

God is doing his best to help us learn to wait on Him. Why? Because God knows that what he wants to do in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting to receive!

Many of us need to make changes in our lives!
Do you want your kids to be successful? Do you want peace and joy? Do you want to love more and hate less? Then commit it to God and wait, because the end product can't come until you are changed in the process of waiting!

If what you want is what God wants for you, then you can be assured that you will receive it ... if you are willing to be still and wait as the Lord works in you in order to prepare you to receive what he wants to give you.

This means that many of us need to make changes in our lives. We must learn to slow down and be quiet! If not, you just might miss the wonderful things you are feverishly seeking in all of your activity!

Don't deny yourself the blessing of waiting on God. He longs to give you what only He can give. Don't miss it in your frantic busy-ness. Be still and discover that he is good!