The Art of Waiting

Wait….. It’s a 4-letter word. Just look around and you’ll see that nobody likes to wait. We get ansy in long lines at the grocery store. We get impatient with commercials in the middle of our TV shows. We get frustrated when our internet connection slows down.

We live in a world that caters to our desire not to wait. We can get an easy loan so we don’t have to wait for our IRS refund. We can get our on-line purchase overnighted to us. Instant downloads provide instant entertainment. Credit cards mean we can have it now. Of course, we usually pay extra for those things, but it’s worth it, right? So we don’t have to wait. Time is money.

But, never having to wait makes us weak. Think about it. The most stable and strong people are the ones who are willing to wait, to pay the price, for what they want. There is a strengthening in the waiting process. Scripture emphasizes this:

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31 (Amplified Bible)

It’s in waiting that we are strengthened as long as we wait for the right things. Notice in these next verses upon what, or Who we should wait……

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.

Lamentations 3:26 It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

The art of waiting is waiting on God. We wait quietly, expectantly, hopefully on Him. We ask Him for the strengthening of our spirit and souls.

And He will answer if we wait……

I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4.

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