“We waited for him and he showed up and saved us! This God, the one we waited for!” Isaiah 25:9
We are a society spoiled with conveniences, toys, and tools that make everything faster and easier to accomplish. When the battery runs out on the cell phone just as we’ve finally been connected to the scheduling desk, we may wish for the old wall phone with a cord, because we are no longer good at waiting.
Throughout history, people have had no choice but to wait for things they have been promised. The Israelites spent forty years wandering around waiting for the time when they would finally settle into the Promised Land. Slaves in the United States waited through the Civil War to see if they would finally be freed from their owners. Wrongly accused prisoners hibernate in a small cell while they wait for the judicial system to give them a retrial.
There is no harder wait than when we wait for The Lord to honor our petitions in prayer. There’s no meter running, battery-life indicator, or a time table established for when God will reveal to us the plan for our life struggles or journey. That’s when we need to draw on our faith to graciously wait–or to hurry and wait.
Lord, give us patience for the waiting periods in our lives. Amen.