What are You Waiting For?
Life these days seems to be a series of connected hurry-ups and waits.
- Wait ten more minutes before getting out of bed, then hurry up to get ready for work.
- Wait three cycles through the stoplight then hurry up to drive where you’re going.
- We wait for doctors, who hurry through our appointments.
- We wait for an email, then hurry to do what it says.
- We wait for a webpage to load, then skim its contents.
- We wait a few minutes drive-thru food, then scarf it down in our cars.
And as we wait, it seems we grow more and more impatient.
Charismatic Christian author Joyce Meyer said:
Patience is not simply the ability to wait–it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
So true. How many times in the past few weeks have you seen people impatiently waiting, or have done it yourself? Sometimes our behavior borders on embarrassing.
We need to ask ourselves if we’re waiting on the right things. Or, should I say thing?
The phrase “wait on the Lord” occurs several times in the Bible.
- Psalm 27:14–wait on the Lord an he’ll strengthen your heart
- Psalm 37:9–wait on the Lord and inherit the Earth
- Psalm 37:34–wait on the Lord, be exhalted, and inherit His land
- Isaiah 8:17–wait on the Lord and hope in him
- Isaiah 30:18–wait on the Lord and be blessed with His mercy
- Lamentations 3:6–wait quietly for His salvation
Why is it that we’re so impatient for a fleeting daily comfort, and so hesitant to speed up the Lord’s return? Why are we so slow to bend to His will? Why aren’t we more like John the Revelator, who says:
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely, I am coming quickly.” Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Are we so attached to worldly treasures that we aren’t looking toward Heaven? Are we not looking in the mirror each morning and asking ourselves, could today be the day that He comes?
We hang our calendars on the walls and mark off the days for this event or that–are we marking our days in anticipation of His return?
The next time we start our toe-tapping because the pizza guy is running a few minutes late, remember our purpose on this Earth is to fulfill HIs purpose. And keep ready Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.