We live in an instant society. Instant grits. Instant coffee (what a waste). Microwave popcorn. Instant messaging. Fast food abounds (most of which is horrible). We text so we can receive an instant response. We don’t want to wait. For Anything. Ever. We hate waiting. We want it now.
Waiting is, however, a biblical reality we experience as Christians. Consider the patriarchal journey of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God called Abraham to ‘go’ and He would make him into a great nation and bless the earth through him (Gen. 12:1-3). Time passes, and guess what? No child. Abraham and Sarah waited. God confirmed His promise at various times and in various ways, but still they waited. Finally, after 25 years and a few bad calls on their part, a child arrives – Isaac.
Isaac grows, is almost killed by his dad (read that crazy story here), becomes a man…but there’s no wife and, therefore, no child. Waiting. He’s 40 years old before he gets married. Waiting. He marries Rebekah, and another 20 years passes before she can conceive.
All this waiting while the grand story of redemption is unfolding seems pointless, but it isn’t. Waiting is actually beneficial for Jesus-followers. Consider a sampling of truths from Scripture about the reality of waiting:
- Deepens our courage – Ps. 27:14 Wait for the lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord
- Reminds us of our need for God – Ps. 33:20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield
- Draws us nearer to the heart of God – Ps. 39:7 And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
- Makes His Word a reality – Ps. 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope;
- Places us in the blessing of God – Is. 30:18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.
- Gives us spiritual strength – Is. 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength
- Reminds us this world is not the end – 2 Pet. 3:13 But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells
Waiting isn’t some pointless, passive waste of time. God uses waiting for a greater purpose in the life of the believer. We know His goodness, His grace, and His presence in ways we can’t imagine during seasons of waiting. Don’t despise the waiting. Embrace it.