God must fold his everlasting arms across his chest and lean against a pearly fence post just waiting for us to try. We have a mindset to “wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). Patience is a good thing, I guess. That’s until it becomes an excuse for underperforming in life. We can rationalize that God must not be ready to bless us. So it’s his fault if we fall short. Hoorah for us for waiting on him. But that can become spiritualized laziness. I think more often than not, God is waiting on us to do something: to work harder, to act smarter, to just do something. “Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). The answer is no.
Long ago, God issued the open-ended matching grant challenge: “‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing’” (Malachi 3:10). God is waiting on us. And he is more than generous. It doesn’t matter if the currency of our effort is elbow grease, money, or ingenuity. He’s not picky. When we go all out for him, he gives back even more than we bargained for. People who try are blessed. Businesses that try are blessed. Ministries that try are blessed. God’s middle name is grace, and he will bless you if you try just a little. Just think of what could happen if you try a lot.