On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at playing the waiting game?
If you’re above a 6 then, please, message me back and tell me your secret!
Most of us, understandably, wrestle with waiting. Our souls yearn for life, healing, relief, and freedom – and yet ‘waiting’ moments loiter like an unwanted companion.
I was so encouraged by Pete Gilbert’s message from last Sunday as he spoke about our longing for the droughts to end in our lives.
And I was reminded of the many verses in scripture that encourage us to ‘Wait on the Lord.‘
The Hebrew words for ‘wait’ in all of these passages are never about a vain hoping that something good – perhaps – might happen.
The biblical mandate to ‘wait’ enthuses us to wait with great expectation that God will be at work for our good in the future. Guaranteed. Even if it gets worse before it gets better.
Isn’t this demonstrated by the very Easter weekend we recently celebrated? Yes, the cross was humanity at its worst. But just wait a few days to see what’s going to happen on resurrection morning.
In Psalm 27:14 we read these words,
“Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
I love that!
You can be brave and courageous in the waiting because you dare to believe that God is with you; that He has got you; and that He will bring you through. Even death never gets the last word with Him. There’s always something ‘better beyond’ with Christ.
So hold on dear friend.
God sees you.
He feels deeply for you.
And God is moved to be at work on your behalf.
Why not listen to this song – Take Courage – and allow the Holy Spirit to fuel faith and trust, bravery and courage – to go again?