Now that I have your attention, I believe today’s message will offer a word of great comfort and encouragement right where this finds you.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
Blessed are all those who wait for him.
They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him . . . It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
(Lamentations 3:25a, 26)
While staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father.
When was the last time you enjoyed waiting for ANYTHING? From the check-out line in the grocery story . . . to the doctor’s office . . . to the fast food drive-through line . . . to that check you have been told is in the mail. None of us likes to wait for anything!
But what about waiting on God? The verses above are just a tiny sampling of the scores of biblical admonitions for the people of God to wait upon their Lord. We must be careful never to thoughtlessly put God in any of our other “hate-to-wait” categories. Why? Because often the blessing God has ordained for us will only be found on the other side of waiting.
WAIT is a “faith-filled four letter word” when we are waiting on God, because His timing is always perfect. God knows exactly what we need and precisely when we need it! He has ordained waiting as one of His ways to increase our faith AND our appreciation when we actually do get what we have been asking for.
Anyone who has been following Jesus for some time knows there are times we pray and God says “No.” Yet if we wait (there’s that word again!) and watch, when we look back on that situation we will see why . . . because God had something better! Then there are those times God says “Yes” . . . but that faith-filled four letter word is attached to the “Yes.” Frequently what we were asking for comes to us in a completely different way than what we were expecting. Waiting on our Lord is nothing more—and nothing less—than putting our trust in Him for what we need, knowing that it will be delivered to us in His way and in His timing.
We can all look back in life and thank God for the times He said “No” to our petitions, as well as those times He said “Wait” . . . because God alone knows what is in the best interest of His children.
Let us prayerfully seek to develop the patient understanding of the psalmist who knew God’s timing is perfect:
I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!