3/16: Wait

 

We hate to wait. In our technological age, we expect everything to happen in an instant. We are used to fast food, drive-throughs, instant, pre-mixed, pre-packaged, and fresh frozen. If it takes a whole minute for our computer to upload a file, we’re calling our service provider to “fix this thing.” Being put on hold because there were some callers before us makes us furious, and heaven forbid we have to stand in line someplace.

No wonder we take this same attitude into our spirituality and into our dealings with God. We want God to move on our behalf and in the way we want at the snap of our fingers. But no matter how engrossed we are with our technological culture, God is not bound by it. He’s never hurried, especially when it comes to His aim at developing us into the kind of people He wants us to be. He’s very deliberate and detailed and has no intention to rush the process. Just like the proper and complete development of a baby takes nine months in the protection of its mother’s womb, so our proper and complete development takes the time God has ordained for it to take and we’ll be severely handicapped if we issue forth any sooner than we should.

Lamentations 3:25-26 is an excellent reminder to us to just chill – just wait on God. It says, “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (NKJ)

The word “good” used here carries with it the idea that the goodness of the Lord brings to us all that is beautiful, bountiful, and cheerful; all that is pleasant, and sweet. Good that comes from God involves favor, welfare, and prosperity. God provides this “good” to those who wait for Him. This waiting has to do with being twisted together expectantly and patiently. I get the picture of being cuddled up with the Lord, looking with wide-eyed wonder at all the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve. We know there’s something great inside each box, but we have to wait until the morning to enjoy the gifts.

Don’t miss the fact, though, that the “good” we are waiting for comes to “the soul who seeks Him.” We only find the good that God intends for us to have as we frequently pursue Him, diligently inquire of Him, regularly search for Him, steadfastly follow Him, and humbly worship Him. Bottom line – in order to see the salvation of the Lord, we have to wait.

Be encouraged today in your waiting room, remembering that “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” And as obvious and simple as it may sound, it’s good to have the Lord be good to you.

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©2009, 2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 16, 2013.

One Response to “3/16: Wait”

  1. Patience is a virtue.

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