Saturday, November 08, 2008

Why Wait?

"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” - Psalm 27:14

Waiting is hard. Whether it's a little child waiting for the time when he's allowed to open gifts at Christmas, or an adult wondering what the right decision is, waiting is not an easy thing to do. Sometimes just waiting until the end of the day or the semester seems unbearable! We live in a fast-paced, have-it-now world, with something “instant” for almost everything, and chafe at the slightest delay. Waiting is not very enjoyable, but times of waiting can be extremely beneficial.

“I wait for You, O LORD; You will answer, O LORD my God.” - Psalm 38:15

We all go through times where we have to wait for God's direction. Whether it's in singleness and longing for marriage, wondering which direction a relationship will go, trying to decide what to plan for next semester, or seeking wisdom in what to do after graduation, there are many things we have to trust God to guide us in. Sometimes the waiting takes a long time; sometimes God answers quickly. The most important thing is that we trust God no matter what, and no matter how long it takes.

“It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” - Lamentations 3:26

These periods of waiting, though heart-rending at times, will produce perseverance, endurance, and stead-fastness of character. If we can learn to be content in the Lord in uncertain situations, we will have learned to be content in any situation. Waiting doesn't mean that you just sit around and do nothing, however! Far from it, we must be actively seeking the Lord and going where He leads. Often His directions won't come as a big booming command, but rather as a gentle leading and peace in your heart as you follow the path He lays out before you. Sometimes it is made clear merely one step at a time. As we wait and follow in His ways, however, we must not get upset and stressed out, though the temptation is definitely there when we don't know what to do! Instead, we must wait, patiently and quietly, trusting in God's good and perfect plan.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”- Micah 7:7

The above was what I wrote for this week's ministry moment in "The Cue," our weekly theatre newsletter. During my personal Bible reading this year, I have written down all verses pertaining to waiting, as well as to purity and trust. It's been so encouraging to read and write down the many verses on the topic!


Anna said...

Anna, great thought! It makes me think of the song "Everlasting God". The verse states,"Strengh will rise as we wait upon the Lord." This is so true even though waiting can be difficult.
Praise God for the stengh He gives His children!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! This post was definitely very timely for me. I was just having a time of discontentment/uncertainty today, pertaining to what shall I do after graduation. As a senior in homeschool highschool, people are continually asking me what my plans are, and I can honestly say that I have no idea. I know they mean well, but inwardly I feel burdened each time I grope for an answer to give. For now the Lord has given me the message "Be Still" through multiple different people, each in a unique way. So I'm trying to live that out, but it is proving to be a challenge. Thank you for the encouragement to be content in all seasons of life, and in every situation (I already knew that, but reminders are such great help!).

God bless you!

~Allie in KY~

Melanie said...

Great post, im glad i "stumbled" upon it :) once we realize that Gods timing is not our own, and fully trust Him, then waiting on Him will be (actually) full of joy! your post is an awesome reminder that we need to trust Him fully in EVERY area of our lives

Darelina said...

Wonderful! I have battled and battled waiting. I've never been a patient person, but I've realized that since I've been praying for patience, the Lord's given me more opportunities to practice patience... :)

Ella said...

I meant to say this yesterday...a very good post, Anna. It is so true and I am learning the exact same things!!