They say patience is a virtue. Well, I’ve never had it. Whether it’s waiting for a table at a restaurant, a package to be delivered, or the end of a long work week; I detest waiting. Lucky for me, we live in a world where we don’t have to wait for much. Order online and drive up to Target and they’ll come put it in your trunk for you. Amazon has one day delivery for most products. You don’t have the money to buy something? Just charge it and pay later.
This ‘right now’ mentality is quite opposite of what the Bible teaches. We’re told time and time again to wait. Possibly the most recognizable verse that speaks to this is Isaiah 40:31. “But 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.” Maverick City Music even recently penned a song called Wait on You based on this verse. (It’s SO good, by the way.) Still with all the fantastic songs and verses that implore our long-suffering; it’s easier said than done. In addition to the fact that we live in a society that has nearly removed waiting for anything, we have this pesky thing called sin nature. It’s just too easy to take matters into our own hands because we think we know best. It doesn’t matter if it will make us drown in debt; we need that house now. Who cares if it causes us to miss every church service; we need that new job now because we hate our current one. Ephesians 2:3 says that, “among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” This is the innate behavior of man since the fall in the garden of Eden.
What we seem to consistently forget is that we are lacking wisdom on our own. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” We cannot possibly know His plan in our limited, selfish mindset. God, in His omniscient power, has set a path for our lives. In Isaiah 55:8-9, He reminds us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
So how do we ‘let go and let God,’ as the old saying tells us? You must genuinely and consistently pray. Talk to Him as if you’re talking to a friend. Voice the desires of your heart, despite the fact that He already knows. Psalms 37:4 reminds us that He will give us the desires of our heart when we delight ourselves in Him. He wants our utmost devotion. I promise that He isn’t making you wait to torture you. He is shaping you like clay. Forming you into what He wants you to be for His kingdom and His glory. As we press further into Him through prayer and studying His Word, we will gain insight into His will for us. He will open and shut doors according to His plan. He just needs our faithfulness.
A much needed reminder is found in Lamentations 3:25. “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” He is so faithful to those who chase after Him. Seek the Lord, friends, for He is good!
Until next time,