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We all have to do it. Nobody likes to do it. It may be the hardest thing we do.

Waiting.

Lewis Smedes wrote: “Waiting is the price we pay for being limited human beings who do not have power to make good things happen when we want. We want something right now, and there is not a blessed thing we can do to make them happen.”

I’ve never met a person who likes to wait. In fact, it is a thousand times harder to wait than do something to create action, movement, anything!

I have a friend who is waiting to see if his wife will live or die. Another friend is waiting for his prodigal son to wake up and come to his senses. In my church are people who are waiting for news about a job, test scores, a judge’s decision, the sale of a house, and a business to turn around.

And our culture does not help. The media tells us, “right now! Do it now, act now, call now, buy now, sell now, get instant relief now.”

Ruthe’s dad lingered in a coma for weeks. All we could do sit was wet his lips, put salve on his bedsores, and wait for him to die.

Yet, there are some things we want to wait for. No dad wants his little girl to become an instant woman.

Maybe it’s just a little thing you are waiting on, but for you, right now, it’s the only thing that matters. It’s what you think about every day. You’re in a season of waiting.

Another thought – People who cannot wait almost always make things
worse.

People who have never learned to wait are hard to live with. A client wants something right now. A spouse wants instant change. Foolish rulers rush their people into war. Foolish parents rush children into acting like adults before they are ready. Foolish children rush into sex before they are ready.

It is a law of life – people who can’t wait usually end up hurting people. People who know how to wait are effective people in getting things done.

So, why does God make us wait?

The command to “wait on the Lord,” appears 53 times in the Scriptures.

Why?

If God could create the world in 6 days, why do some have to wait 6 months to get a job? If He could do things immediately, why do his children have to wait?

I think the answer has to do with what waiting does to us, and for us. Waiting may just be one of God’s greatest tools for growth.

The good news is – God is working while we are waiting. Things are going on that we can’t see. And, His timing is perfect.

We can’t force God to follow our schedule, but we can make sure we are ready when he does act.

An old gospel song speaks of waiting when our hearts cry out for God to come and help us. “Hold on. Hold on. Don’t let go. Don’t let go. Hold on. He’s coming back. He’s coming back. Keep on waiting.”

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of waiting – something we all do hate to do!

    May I quote the following sentence on the Web site of All Saints Anglican Church of San Antonio in the “inspiration” category with attribution to you?
    We can’t force God to follow our schedule, but we can make sure we are ready when he does act.


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