Are you impatient? It seems like we want what we want and we want it right now! We’re used to microwave ovens that cook in seconds what used to take hours to cook. Retailers are jumping on the same-day delivery bandwagon, and waiting an extra couple of seconds for a page to download on the internet has caused more than one person, well, to lose their “religion.” No, we don’t like to wait. We’ve gotten impulsive and impatient.
I once heard that our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object that we’re waiting for. We’re willing to wait hours in line to get into a music concert or a ballgame. We wait for whatever time it takes in the doctor’s office or ER, if we’re worried about our health. We’re even willing to stand in line at the grocery store, if we’ve got a basket full, but I’ve been known to just “forget it,” if I’ve only got a couple of items and “times a wasting.” We’re willing to wait on things that are important to us. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” When we wait upon the Lord, we gain strength, which can allow us to soar where the devil can’t reach us.
Patience is a product of faith, (James 1:3) and it’s one of the fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) The psalmist said in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” The benefits come when we wait. We have to learn to trust the Lord’s timing, which may or may not be the same as our own timing. If we want the Lord to guide our way, we have to wait for His direction. If we value something, it’s worth waiting for, and eternity with the Lord – it’s worth the wait! God Bless, Courtney