The Joy of Waiting

The Joy of Waiting

Waiting.  No doubt for most of us, just the word conjures up a negative reaction.  Who enjoys waiting?   As kids we hated waiting for Christmas morning as that moment of running to open up Christmas presents just couldn’t come fast enough.  Will that day ever arrive?  As we grow older our struggle with waiting takes on different challenges.  No doubt most of us have had a job interview for a position we really needed or wanted.  And then those words, “we have several other candidates we will be interviewing and we will let your know in 3-4 weeks of our decision.”  Ugh!  I also distinctly remember the time I was dealing with some pretty problematic health issues and was told by my PCP that I would need to see a specialist.  “Finally!” I thought.  Until I received the call from the specialist that it would be approximately 6 weeks until they would have an opening.  Ugh!

While we all can commiserate with the struggle that often comes from waiting, it would be good for us to be reminded how often the idea of waiting on God is found in Scripture.  Our reading today takes us to the 25th Psalm.  This wonderful psalm has 2 verses I want to point out.  Verse 5 reads, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”  And then in verse 21, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”  In both of these verses the psalmist highlights the idea of waiting on God.

What exactly does waiting on God entail?  It clearly involves a full trust and reliance upon God as our Sovereign Father who is in control of all things, including the issues I am dealing with right now.  It’s the idea of resting in God.  It’s saying, “Lord, you know the situation, you know the struggles and anxieties I am dealing with.  Yet I am going to wait on You. I am confident that You will work all things out for my good and Your glory.  I wait on You.”   Waiting on God should bring the believer hope and peace in the midst of the trials of life.  We aren’t left here on this earth to face life alone.  Our God is with us through the trials and struggles of life and wants us to wait on Him.  Such peace that should bring!

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