Life is a waiting game – waiting to grow up, waiting to get married, waiting on our next job, waiting to retire. Waiting on The Lord is a little bit different. We don’t have to wait on his presence; he is already with us. We don’t have to wait on his blessing; he has already blessed us.
We do, however, have to wait on him to fulfill his good pleasure in us. Someone wrote: “If nothing else, life is daily.” Each day, we must wait to receive our assignment from God.
Each day, we must wait for the mercy and the grace that will see us through each day. Jude, the brother of Jesus, said “We wait for the mercy of the Lord to bring us to eternal life.” If eternal life is “knowing God”, as Jesus said, then maybe each day we have to be patient and wait for God to reveal himself to us. As the prophet Isaiah wrote, revelation is progressive, “line upon line, precept upon precept.”
Because of our human frailty, we cannot receive instantaneously the full revelation of his perfect will; it takes time, a lifetime.
It is not as if we have nothing to do while we wait. We have our work, our families, and our friends that keep us busy. We need to be actively studying God’s Word, we need to be constantly praying, and we need to be seeking God’s grace and his “Spiritual gifts” (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12) that he so freely bestows on his children. The only danger that we face is the ever present temptation to take our eyes off of Christ and his indwelling presence and put them on a decaying world.
This world is not waiting on us, anxious to bless us; only God is.
This world has no plan for our glorious future; only God does. This world doesn’t love us; only God does. Waiting on God is the essence of faith. Moving ahead of God’s plan and timing for our life is the essence of unbelief.
“Emergencies” will always appear, demanding our attention, tempting us to acquiesce to their demands instead of committing them to our Father’s good will.
You may have heard the expression, “Hurry up and wait,” which kind of sums up life here on earth. Some things must be done in a hurry, like preparing for the day ahead, or “putting out the fires” of life that spring up. However, when the fires of life have been put out, and when we have prepared ourselves to meet the day, we can take time to stop, remember Our Creator, thank him for what he has done for us, and ask him for his guidance for the day’s journey. He has no higher priority than directing the affairs of his faithful children.
We are his life. We are his “inheritance.” – Ephesians 1:18. He “watches over us” – Psalm 32:8; he “sings over us” – Zephaniah 3:17, and he “delights in us” – Psalm 149:4. He waits for us to learn to watch for him, sing to him, and delight ourselves in him. For when we do, we are unstoppable; we are a force to be reckoned with.
— Brad Heilhecker