Fussing, fidgeting, fuming…we all hate to wait!
Complaining, sighing, blaming…wondering why we have to wait.
Confusion, doubt, worry and anguish…why is waiting taking so long? What’s going on?
No one likes to wait. We may be waiting for something as common as a red light; as essential as a check in the mail; as complicated as an answer from our boss, or as important as an answer to prayer. Minutes stretch into hours; days lengthen until they feel like months and years.
There’s something that many of us wait years for: answered prayer.
So what do we do in the meantime? How should we wait? The Bible has a lot to say about waiting and encourages us with eternal truths. The Psalmist instructs us to “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7) In other Psalms we read about waiting silently for God (62:1) and being of good courage (27:14) as we wait on Him. Easy? Not at all! UNTIL… we realize and believe that as we wait for Him to answer, He is working behind the scenes. Isaiah expressed this truth: “…since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides YOU who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? I am. As I wait, this truth encourages me: He is working out the answers! Let’s wait in a way that would honor God: resting in Him without fretting, silently, and with the assurance that He will come through with the answer. “Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come…” (Habakkuk 2:3)