What Are You Doing In The Waiting Part Of Your Job Search?
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
Waiting…seems like such a waste of time. But as someone once said, “Life is what happens while you’re waiting.” And it seems we are always waiting for something…
- You wait for that promotion.
- You wait for the birth of that new baby, then you wait for them to sleep through the night.
- You wait for the kids to start school, finish school, complete college.
- You wait for the new house to be finished.
- You wait for retirement.
- And right now you may be waiting for that new job, or to hear how you did on an interview.
And life really is what happens while you’re waiting.
So what does the Bible tell us about waiting:
- Acts 1:4: The disciples were to wait until you are filled with power
- Numbers 14: The Israelites had to wait to enter the Promised Land
- Genesis 39-41: Joseph waited over 10 years to be released from prison
- Genesis 13ff: Abraham had to wait to become the father of many nations.
- Job 1ff: Job had to wait to be vindicated during his suffering.
What do all of these have in common?
The common element was the wait was a time to grow closer to the Lord, to learn to abide in Him. And how do you abide in Him? Here are a few ideas:
- Practice the Christian disciplines: prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, worship, meditation, fasting
- Invest your talents: seek out opportunities to use what God has given you to benefit others
- See the adventure: work on attaining the perspective that life is an adventure with God, daily, even while waiting
- Practice His presence: Brother Andrew had it right–as we practice seeing Him present constantly, we view things differently.
How are you doing in the waiting part of your job search? When you learn to abide, waiting is an active, not passive activity. You understand God is at work in the here and now, not waiting for the by and by. Abide in Him today.
Dear Understanding Father, I get distracted from abiding in you by so many things. Help me practice your presence.
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