Paul was often perplexed (2 Corinthians 4:8). Abraham and Moses stumbled in impatience (Genesis 16:1-4; Numbers 20:7-12). We must learn to wait for and seek God in every moment.

Sometimes we cry out to God that we’ll do anything for Him, and He smiles and says, “Then just wait, son.” “Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much” (Luke 16:10). We say, “God, use me to change the world!” But He knows we still have too much pride, too much confidence in self, too much love of this world, too much concern for what others think.

He says, “Do the little things that I place in front of you every day and learn to hear Me when I tell you to do them; them we’ll get to the bigger things.” We say, “Send me to Africa to feed the poor!” He says, “Why not start with the boy down the street who doesn’t have a father in the home? Obey Me in the little things and I’ll give you bigger things to do.” Sometimes our waiting for God isn’t waiting for Him at all. Instead, we are waiting for ourselves to gain the maturity that He needs us to have in order to bless us with what we ask.

Excerpted and paraphrased from Rise of the Servant Kings by Promise Keepers Chairman Ken Harrison. To download a free chapter, visit (All profits from sales of Rise of the Servant Kings are given to support Promise Keepers.)