Have you ever waited for something; of course you have. You are probably waiting for something right now. I am waiting for many things. But I know that I need not wait anxiously, for God is working all things together for good in his timing and way for those who love him and are called by his name. Paul in Romans 8:19 reminds us that, “Creation waits in eager expectation.” God wants us to wait eagerly and expectantly.
Perhaps one of Christians favorite Old Testament verses is Isaiah 40:31, “but those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will oar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Peter admonishes us to “humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, and in due time he will life you up.” (1 Peter 5:6).
The Psalmists are full of thoughts on waiting. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him...wait for the Lord and keep his way” (Psalm 37:7,34). David again in Psalm 38:15 says, “I wait for you, O Lord, you will answer me, O Lord my God.” Then is Psalm 40 the “Sweet Psalmist of Israel” writes, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth.” (Psalm 40:1-3).
The Old Testament speaks of waiting for God in terms of time, times and half a time (Daniel 12:7). Hosea 10 tells us “It is time to seek the Lord.” Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 7 that the time is short, even though God promised us eternal life before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2).
So how long do we wait? Jesus says in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know the time.” God is perfect and the perfector. His ways and his thoughts are not our ways; they are higher than our Isaiah 55 teaches us.
I write as I am awaiting news for approval of a big project, and for prayers of healing for several friends and associates. God is telling us to wait: patiently, humbly, calmly, expectantly and with praise.