Do you enjoy waiting? Most of us would rather do anything else but that. We are busy people, and waiting can seem like a waste of valuable time.
Psalm 27 speaks of waiting within the context of desiring justice against one’s enemies. Sometimes we wait for that, but more often than not, it’s for release from some pain or suffering, for that job we feel we’re qualified to perform, or for the restoration of a relationship.
Whatever it is we wait for, God knows it's not easy for us. But He also knows that sometimes it is the best thing.
Isaiah 40:31 is one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the Bible. It says, "but they who wait for 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."
What a glorious promise that our waiting has a purpose! What we see as a waste is actually our loving God's way of renewing us and accomplishing His faithful plans for us.
Are you waiting today? Perhaps it seems like nothing good will ever come from your situation. Could it be that a loving God is patiently weaving together these hard circumstances for your good so He can eventually renew you and give you those wings you've always longed for? Those who learn to trust in Him realize that the waiting is never in vain.
Loving God, you know how long I've waited for desires that never seem to be fulfilled. Help me to see your loving hand at work in the waiting as you bring about my good and your glory. As the Psalmist writes, may my heart take courage in you, my faithful strength giver. Amen.
Go Deeper — Spend some time alone in prayer today, expressing your disappointment over things that never seem to come and asking God to help you see His loving purpose in the waiting. He will give you strength!
Check out our series — Life in the Waiting Room.
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