The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Monday’s are the busiest days in any hospital. As I made my way to the OPD, I saw long queues of patients waiting for their turn to consult doctors of varying specialities including mine. The line was moving at a snail’s pace and while a few grumbled, the others waited patiently for their turn.
It struck me that we have to wait for so many things in life. We wait in queues to post letters, for buffets at weddings, for security checks at airports and so on. We wait for friends to reply to our texts, for a loved one to call, for lunch to be ready and so much more.
The list of things we wait for is endless, but we usually do so patiently, even though it may take aeons. However all our patience grows thin, when it comes to waiting on the Lord and His promises. Often, we pray for something and maybe we even get to the point where we are not sure that God even hears our prayers anymore.
We wait for the Lord, our soul waits and in His word we hope; our soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.
To stand in line and wait for a burger is pretty easy since we can see what we are waiting for. But to wait on the Lord and trust in His plans for our life is very difficult and frustrating.
If we look at Abraham’s life, we realise that even though God had promised him a child, he got tired of waiting and decided to take his slave Hagar, who bore him a child.
We too, make many hasty decisions because we do not spend enough time waiting on the Lord. We must realise that our plans and timing differ from that of God.
When we wait, we have to be patient. As the psalmist writes,
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
If we truly begin to wait upon God, we slowly find that it is not people or circumstances that make us impatient, but it is God Himself, because He does not grant our prayers as quickly as we would want Him to. It is in waiting upon God that our eyes are opened to believe in His wise and sovereign will and to see that, the sooner and more completely we yield absolutely to it, the more surely His blessing can come to us. The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God’s mighty working, and to make us, in perfect patience, place ourselves at His disposal.
The Lord is never slow about his promises, as some think of slowness, but is patient with us, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
Waiting on the Lord teaches us humility. It teaches us that we cannot control situations or circumstances, but that we have to leave everything into the hands of Jesus. We wait and trust in the Lord and in his timing because we know that He will always pull through for us.
Indeed, those 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.