In a time when nearly everything comes in an instant version, it’s almost impossible for us — and I include myself in that “us” — to wait. But as I was reading over the Psalms, which I often do to hear His sometimes quiet voice, I was reminded that God’s timing doesn’t always suit mine, and that the remedy for that difference was patience in His plan, faith in His ability, and trust in His goodness.
Some of the most prominent verses include:
- Psalm 25:4: “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”
- Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
- Psalm 37:34: “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land.”
- Psalm 130:5-6: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
So here are some relevant questions.
- Why wait? God knows what we don’t (Romans 11:33-36). His plans exceed ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). He’s in control of our history and our future (James 4:13-17). We may miss the right way if we fail to wait (Proverbs 19:2b).
- How do we wait? Often, this is where we fail. When we become anxious we commonly stop doing the basic fundamentals of the faith. We stop reading, praying, fellowshipping. We feel rushed by pressure. So wait by praying more, reading more, speaking to other Christians more. Reflecting on what God has already done can encourage us during the waiting period also (Psalm 77:11-12).
- How long do we wait? At the rist of sounding unsympathetic, the best answer to this question might be, as long as it takes! God is operating on His timetable, but He also customizes His grace and mercy for different people (see 1 Peter 4:10). So there isn’t 1 answer to this question, but I honestly believe that most of us need to learn to wait more than we need to wait less.
Hope this helps.
But who can blame us for this shift it timing, for this impatience? Society’s answer to everything is, there isn’t enough time. Do you go to church? Oh, I don’t have time. Are you still exercising? No, I just don’t have time. Have you seen him/her lately? Not really…I’ve been busy (aka, I don’t have time). So educational degrees are being cut in half. Relationships are being rushed. Children are hurried into adolescence. And there are consequences.
But there are consequences. Marriages are being ended prematurely. Children are hurried into adolescence, but they resist adulthood. Our timetables are desperately mixed up. May God help us to speed up where we should, and slow down where we should.