LEARNING TO WAIT

Lamentations 3:24-26

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26

We live in a time when we do not have to wait very long for the things we want, and we like it that way. To paraphrase a recent ad campaign for a restaurant chain, we want the events of our lives to happen “our way, right way.”

Perhaps this is why we get so frustrated when our time frame is delayed by someone else’s inability to make a decision. Think about the last time you were in a lunch line and someone in front of you simply could not decide what he wanted. There you were, ready to get your sandwich, get out the door, and get on with your life, but someone stood in the way. We usually do not respond well to someone else misusing our time.

This haste carries over into our prayer lives as well. We rejoice when God answers with yes, and we try to understand when He says no. However, there is a third answer to prayer, and it may well be the most frustrating one of all: “Wait.”

As we grow in spiritual maturity, we will begin to realize that we are not made to wait because God needs more time to make a wise decision. He knows the best answer to our prayers before we even ask. Instead, we are often made to wait upon the Lord because we are simply not ready for a yes or no answer.

Our human view is dreadfully limited to our own time frame an circumstances; God is not so encumbered. Take time to thank Him today for His wisdom in making us wait sometimes, even when we don’t want to.

Lord, I am prone to wanting things my way and right way! Thank You that in Your encumbered wisdom, You ask me to wait, sometimes, because You know it is best.

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