Waiting - Until When

Waiting is not something many of us are good at.  We want what we want right now, not tomorrow, not next week and surely not next year.  Often the reality of waiting is not really in our hands to determine.  Sometimes it belongs to our parents, sometimes to a boss, sometimes to the one who delivers the mail we are expecting.  None of us like to wait, but have you ever stopped to think that someone, maybe even someone very important, could be waiting for you to put your hand to the plow.  You were not created to sit around dreaming or spinning tales about what wonderful thing might happen to or for you tomorrow.  The fact of the matter is that you were created for a purpose and not one of your own choosing.  The problem is how long will it take you to discover just what that plan involves and then how willing will you be to attempt whatever it is.  God’s Word tells us, however, that those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Most of us are familiar with the words in the beginning.  The problem is that we consider those words to be for a one time situation not for an ongoing individual situation.  Our heavenly Father’s plan didn’t stop once He set things in motion.  He has individual plans for each and every one of us who walk upon His earth.  Whoops! you haven’t really thought of it quite that way.  I have to admit that rarely crosses my mind either, but the Lord has been reminding me lately that He has not given me unending time to accomplish my purpose on this earth.  However, it is true that God’s very preparation will take time and that, depending upon the plan, could be several days or even several years.  However, the plan still exists and we should not stand around waiting, thinking we will surely hear a voice when the time is right.  Many plans will involve years of preparation.

Paul tells us in the book of Romans But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (8:25).  In these days I think it more likely that we will begin to get impatient and often times decide to skip whatever it was deciding it has little value after all.  That could turn out to be a big mistake.  Maybe we should consider if there is any part we can play to hasten the issue, assuming of course that we truly believe it is God’s will.

You will have no trouble recognizing that patience is not one of our best virtues.  We want what we want right now.  I don’t know whether we were simply spoiled or if we were never taught patience, but you will have to admit that speed often does not provide the best result.  I am sure many of you have noticed that the products in today’s world are not as good or as lasting as those made in former years.  Rush has cost us quality.  I wonder if the things we will bypass could possibly cost us something more serious such as our souls.

I am sure that you, like me, have noticed the lack of quality in many items that we see as necessary in today’s world.  You will also realize that it is because we are rushing to get through with one project in order to start another.  It has served to take the enjoyment out of what we accomplish as well as not providing adequate solutions for whatever problem is confronting us.  Has the quality of vision become cloudy by the rush of the clock to which we pay too much attention?  Has the vision of our Creator become less important as we find ourselves progressively becoming more concerned with what we desire daily instead of what we are stocking up to pay for tomorrow’s heavenly home?

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in the Savior as my all in all -
Standing on the promises of God.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA