What is it? You are waiting for something. A pay raise? A call back about a new job you interviewed with? News about a loved one’s health scare? A loved one to be delivered…like yesterday? Jesus to return? It is torturous, it almost seems impossible. We feel frustrated, angered, ready to take the reigns and solve things ourselves even though we are no doctor, lawyer, business owner or….*gasp* God.
However when you are waiting it is nearly impossible to not feel “god-like” at some point, and get to where we are so impatient and frustrated we can “do this”! So we….quit our jobs, “believing by ‘faith’ that’s what God would have us do”. We call and frustrate the administrative assistant at the job we interviewed at five hours ago, to the point where she shreds our resume. We harangue the relative that needs delivered about “coming to church” until they totally disregard God…and us. We. Can’t Wait.Thankfully, God knows us. Poor Abraham waited FOREVER to have a nation through his promised son Isaac (Gen. 12), but was he patient? Nope. Encouraged by his spouse he went out and fathered Ishmael (Gen. 16). Those brave Hebrew boys (Shadrach, Meschach, Abednego) in the furnace. They believed the promise of God that he would rescue them if they did not worship a pagan god. They waited, I’m sure it was torture. God showed up to deliver them right on time. Job…Job…Job. This guy, I don’t know of any Old Testament character that can hold a candle to what Job went through. I have heard people quote Job saying, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, but none of these people lost their wealth, wife, family, land, possessions and friends. Would we truly trust Him if we lost it all? Do we have the faith and patience Job had to wait for God to restore everything we lost? Or would be we be down at the convenience store putting our last $20 on the Powerball, or in the casino betting “on black”? Tough questions, easy answers. Sometimes our waiting can seem like the slow moving second hand of an analog clock.
Jesus, the greatest example of all, ENDURED the cross. Endurance, according to Dictionary.com (2016) means:
- the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
- the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina
Please remember, Jesus was in human form at this time which means he felt every second of the pain of the cross, and even when he wanted the pain to end, it did not until His mission was fulfilled, until the appointed time. Are we more special than Jesus? Do we deserve treatment superior to His? Why should our pain, discomfort, and/or uneasiness end just because we are…us? Whatever it is that God has called us to wait on, we need to continue doing so, even if we don’t see the progress we would like to see. That thing may never come to pass, and if not then it was not in God’s will.
Trust me, I have been there…actually, I always keep it real…I am there, hence this writing. God is trying to tell us there is a blessing in the waiting even if right now it does not seem like it. His Word is always true. Isaiah 40:30-31 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Stop worrying. Ask God to increase your faith. Find something to occupy your time and your mind so you don’t become impatient (I use exercise). Wait on God. Unlike the lottery and the casino, God always pays out. Stay blessed people of God!