Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14
The waiting room: a place we’ve all been and a place each of us dread in one way or another. Waiting to hear the results on whether the cancer has spread, whether a loved one has survived surgery, or whether a new life will draw his/her first breath. We find ourselves breathlessly counting the seconds, as time itself seems to stand still.
“…waiting…is one of the most vital elements in our lives as Christians.”
Waiting is one of the hardest things for us to do, and yet it’s what we find ourselves having to do so often. We live in an age where life has progressed to a state of constant rush; there is simply too much to do in too little time. But waiting, despite our annoyance and abhorrence for it, is one of the most vital elements in our lives as Christians. God repeatedly calls on us in His word to wait on Him. Along with this call is a host of blessings He promises if we are simply willing to so. Despite this, waiting remains one of the hardest things for us to do.
Why is it so hard for us to wait? I think for us, in our modern society, we are so used to taking initiative and so prone to taking matters into our own hands that we become something of a superhero in our minds. We follow our instincts and live by our own methods. We rely on ourselves, and how we can fix a problem rather then going to The Almighty for His input. This is something I’ve seen repeatedly in the church today and in my own life.
Prayer has become something of a plan B; we tell ourselves we’ll go to God once we’ve exhausted all our own resources.
We are neglecting the fact that Jesus has given us the key to the most powerful arsenal in existence! Prayer and continual fellowship with Christ makes the waiting bearable. When God tells us to wait, it’s more than just waiting; it can be a time of renewal, bonding, rest, and above all hope for what He has planned for the future.
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. -Lamentations 3:25
There are various words used in the Hebrew for our English word “wait”. One of the most used in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word yachal, which means to “hope“, or “wait expectantly”. God is telling us to trust Him and to get excited about what He has planned for the future! To hope, pray, and wait expectantly on what He is going to do in and through each and every one of us!
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. -Romans 8:25
My prayer is that God will grant each of us the strength and endurance to persevere through whatever stage of life we are going through at the moment. But above all that we will draw closer to Him through it and learn to hope and wait expectantly for the awesome things He has in store!