"let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
"But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." James 1:22
Waiting -- it gets a bad wrap from most everyone.
The first memories of waiting is as a child waiting for Christmas. Halloween came along and then it was just two months till Christmas. It felt like two years.
This kind of waiting is often what most of us think of when we think about waiting -- a kind of time-dragging-its-feet-and-putting- us-through-agony kind of waiting.
This isn't God's view of waiting, and it isn't what He wants us to experience when He has us wait.
He calls us to be a Word doer -- someone who believes God's word and applies it to her life and waits knowing God will come through. Waiting puts on more spiritual muscle. We all can use more faith muscles.
And think about muscles -- those who spend their time working out getting their muscles really toned have to keep at it. If they take a lot of time off they will lose their tone.
Faith muscles are no different. God will lead us into the waiting period over and over even if we've waited successfully for Him in the past (when we've waited believing without doubting, knowing He'd come through). He has to keep our faith in condition.
Waiting can be exciting. It is supposed to be exciting. You hold onto God's promise through the wait so tight it soaks into all your cells. I can actually almost feel it when I hold onto it. If you are in tune with God and you tell Him you will wait expectantly He will help you do it. It isn't easy even if you've done it before.
Ask God to show you how. No wait, I'll tell you. Find a part of scripture that speaks to your situation. Write it down and think about it. Tell it to yourself when you doubt it. And yes, even "Claim it" for your situation. I know that "claim it" has a bad reputation in many Christian circles but if done rightly there is much truth behind it. God's Word is meant to be tested. God's Word is meant to be tested in your life.