What ever happened to waiting? We live in an “instant society.
Instant pictures: we can send them around the world in seconds.
Instant messages: Time and distance are not barriers to communication.
Instant mashed potatoes: no more peeling, cutting, boiling, mashing…instant oatmeal, instant soup, instant coffee, instant pudding, and the list goes on…
Instant,  live coverage of sports events and news from anywhere in the world.
Instant automatic payroll deposit: we don’t even have to take our paycheck to the bank.
Instant “one touch” purchases on websites: no need to enter any additional information if we are logged in.

What ever happened to waiting?…for the bread to rise?…for the mailman to bring the letter or check?…for the prints to be developed?…for the kids to grow up?… for “it” to happen (whatever “it” is!)…for God to work out His plan for us, or answer our prayer?  While we want something to happen right NOW, we know it’s not usually the case. Ask Noah. Ask Moses or Abraham. Ask Jesus! He knew how to wait. Consider this:

John 2:4: At the wedding in Cana Jesus declared “My hour has not yet come” when prompted by His mom to do something about the wine situation. He waited.
John 6:8-10: He repeated: “My time has not yet come…my time has not yet fully come.” He waited.
John 12:23: Shortly before predicting His death, Jesus stated, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
John 17:1: Knowing that it was upon Him, Jesus prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify you.

Jesus waited. He respected His Father’s timing. Am I respecting God’s timing like Christ did?  Am I waiting for Him to work out His plan in me; to make me more like Him and to be glorified in my life? Or am I trying to make “it” happen, and just plowing through life according to my own agenda?

God, give us the patience and trust to wait as You work out Your perfect plan in our life, and help us to be willing to let You work in every area of our being until You are glorified through us! AMEN!



  1. Carole says:

    Our sermon Sunday was so similar. God’s timing. How Jesus waited when His time was not yet, etc. Very nice!


  2. Peg says:

    I remember a sermon from years ago when the minister stated, “waiting on God is NOT wasting time!” I find I have to remind myself of this, too often. Thanks for the reminder!!!


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