God always answers. He answers in one of three ways, "Yes", "No", or "Wait". Acting on a "yes" or "no" answer is easy. However, what do we do when God tells us to wait? He usually doesn't tell us how long to wait so what do we do when we wait for the definite "yes" or "no"?
The Israelites experienced a waiting time of their own while traveling through the desert. Their leader, Moses, was the one who met with God on their behalf to receive direction in the desert. Moses would enter the tent of meeting with the requests of the people and speak to God face-to-face. (Exodus 33:7-1) There were times when this meeting would take minutes, hours, or sometimes days. The people had one response, in Exodus 33:9-10 " 9As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent." The Israelites stood at their tents and worshipped. They didn't know how long it would take God to speak but they worshiped while they waited.
In moments of waiting it is easy to do what we think is best for the situation we are waiting for to get an answer. We sometimes try to figure out how to keep busy doing things rather than just worshiping while we wait for the answer. I am guilty of this and maybe you are too. It's easy to fill our lives with good things, healthy things but sometimes all the Lord has asked us to do is worship him while we wait to hear from him. When I have attempted to fill this waiting period with my own efforts, I have been miserable. It's not until I clearly hear from the Lord when he speaks out of the wait and tells me what to do that I find peace. Being where God has called you to be is the best place to be.
My time of waiting was a time of God ordained rest. Sometimes our times of waiting is for God to fulfill a promise in our lives that requires us to grow in character and relationship with him. During those times of wait, we must continue to worship him as he creates in us pure hearts and builds in us godly character. Either way, we must choose to worship him in the waiting.