Paul Tripp provides five reasons God calls us to wait at the Mars Hill blog.
The content is taken from a Gospel Coalition post I linked to a couple of years ago, but this is worth revisiting.
Here are the introductions to each point:
1. BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD
We are called to wait because the broken condition of the world makes everything we do harder. Nothing in this life really functions as originally intended.
2. BECAUSE GOD IS SOVEREIGN
We must wait because we are not writing our own personal and ministry stories. Life does not work the way we want it to, in the time we want it to.
3. BECAUSE GOD IS A GOD OF GRACE
Waiting is one of God’s most powerful tools of grace. It’s important to realize in your ministry that God doesn’t just give us grace for the wait. The wait itself is a gift of grace.
4. SO WE CAN MINISTER TO OTHERS
Waiting is central to any ministry activity. If you are truly committed to being part of what God is doing in the lives of others, you will be willing to wait.
5. FOR THE INCREASE OF GOD’S GLORY
Finally, we are called to wait because everything in life and ministry exists not for our comfort and ease but for God’s glory. The whole redemptive story is written for one purpose and one purpose alone: the glory of the King.