“Wait for the Lord’s help.
Be strong and brave,
and wait for the Lord’s help.”
Psalm 27:14, NCV
Much of the Bible describes people’s interaction with God. Almost always they end up waiting for God to fulfill His promises to them. They wait and wait. Often God takes them right to 11:59, and then shows up in some miraculous way. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people. That is just the way it is.
Waiting is quite beneficial to us. Like a slow stream, it takes time for things to settle, we are often turbulent, and waiting helps us calm down. Slowly the stream becomes clear and clean. When our faith is tested; we develop patience and submission. And when the blessing comes to us, we will savor it even more.
‘Waiters’ are actually reflectors on the promises of God yet to be. It’s promised, but not yet. Hebrews 11 is this very powerful statement of people waiting in faith. Read this chapter and look at them waiting. Each one is looking for a promise yet to come. Some wait well, and others, not so much.
Waiting time will never be wasted time.
We should weave that into the fabric of our hearts. Waiting is not like sitting in a room for your to see the doctor. When I sit in a waiting room, I browse through old and tattered copies Newsweek and four year old National Geographics. I study the other people who are also waiting, sometimes like a detective trying to understand the story of their lives up to this point. I look at my watch a lot.
Waiting on God is not supposed to be like this. When the Word speaks to us of waiting, it has a great deal to say about humility. When we wait well, we start softening. God’s waiting room is the place where we spend a large percentage of our lives. It is an active spot where we put ourselves in the sovereignty of God. We see ourselves on His timetable, not ours.
“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” Heb. 11:1