What are we waiting for?
Instant coffee. Instant messaging. Instant replay. We live at speeds unimaginable to earlier generations. Ours is the era of fast forward, our Internet-fueled lifestyle feeding our desire for instant gratification. And the faster we move, the more we need the words of Scripture to teach us to slow down...and wait.
We don’t like to wait. But, then again, neither did Abraham and Sarah, nor the disciples praying with Jesus in the Garden, nor the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land.
But our Lord knows that it is good for us to wait, to learn how to wait well, and to learn how to live our lives in the in-between times.
Through Scripture we learn:
It is good to wait quietly (Lamentations 3:26)
Wait patiently (Psalm 40:1)
With courage (Psalm 27:14)
And in his word put our hope (Psalm 130:5)
As believers in Christ, we are not passively waiting, but active as we learn:
From the widow, to pray with persistence (Luke 18:1-8)
From the bridesmaids to keep ourselves ready (Matt. 25:1-13)
From Paul to depend on the Lord for strength (1 Cor. 1:7-8)
From James to refrain from grumbling (James 5:7)
There are times, however, when we’re told not to wait...
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