Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wait for the Lord

Waiting stinks. It goes against just about everything in our world today. Everyone wants everything RIGHT THIS MINUTE. Instant. Immediate gratification. On demand. We have become a culture that thinks waiting is beneath us and all things should come to us super quickly- and when they don’t? Goodness, do we tend to get irritated and angry! Waiting at a light, food delivery taking longer than expected, Amazon packages not arriving in 2 days, downloading something on your computer- all are things that can turn most of us into crankypants super fast!

I think part of the reason why we struggle with waiting is because we often equate waiting with inactivity and inactivity with being unproductive. But honestly waiting, which can also be translated as hoping, means to wait with expectation, to look for. Waiting is something that puts us in a position to experience more of God’s love and grace in our lives- WHILE we wait. So often waiting gives us an opportunity to see God work in ways we COULD NOT and WOULD NOT see otherwise. During these periods of waiting God is often refueling and refining us for what He has in store. God knows that we would never choose to wait, so He provides opportunities to wait in order to see that His way is actually the best way. He uses the wait to grow our faith as we acknowledge our need for Him and learn to trust Him. God never wastes our waiting. He uses it to do a work in our lives so that He can do a work through our lives.

Psalm 27: 14 is a reminder of to us to WAIT for Him.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
My prayer today is that we are reminded of this command to wait and instead of being irritated by it, that we are comforted by it. That we are reminded that our waiting is so needed and restores strength. That our waiting invites us to see that God is far greater than any strength we could ever muster on our own. That our waiting helps us to see that God is ALWAYS at work revealing His love and grace and that He never wastes our waiting.