I find it interesting that in our hurry-up world of “you need this new product, and you need it now” marketing, that an ad agency would use the phrase, “but wait.” You’ve seen the ads, or the infomercials, in which some high-energy host describes the latest and greatest product, in great detail, only then to announce that if you purchase it today, you’ll get two more, all for that same low price. “But wait! If you order right now, we’ll send you not one, not two, but three identical products at this low, low introductory price…”
Waiting. It’s not as easy as the word sounds. We don’t like waiting. Our culture has taught us that waiting wastes time. Microwaves, instant messaging, snap chats, technology; the world is at our finger tips and virtually anything we want or need can be at our door in no time. But wait! Not everything that can be delivered in a snap is beneficial. Some things need time. Character is developed over time. Reputation is built one decision, one season at a time. Respect and trust can’t be earned overnight. And God does His best work in us over time, mostly over the span of a life.
Many of the Psalms teach us the value of waiting. Feeling defeated? King David would remind us to, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). Feeling like God is distant? David also said, “I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1). And, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2).
Waiting is a difficult trait to develop in a society that is literally advancing at warp speed. But, just like the commercials, we find that in waiting, in enduring to the end, we’ll soon see that the final product is far greater than what we first learned. And that final product, in God’s economy, will last for all eternity.
So take your time. Wait on God’s lead, surrender your life to Him, and enjoy the journey. There is a character developing, a deep trust growing, a reputation strengthening, and an eternal Father guiding and growing you to be the person He wants you to be. Keep waiting and don’t give up!
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