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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Just Wait

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. ~Lamentations 3:25


Whenever I go grocery shopping, I always scan the lines for the one that is shortest. I do not like to wait in lines. The same can be said when I make doctor's or dentist's appointments. I try to be the first appointment of the day so that I can avoid waiting. Waiting can sometimes try your patience. Waiting can make you unbearable. However, waiting is an essential necessity for our spiritual growth, maturity, and God’s refinement in our life. When we read Lamentations 3, we see Jeremiah’s perplexity at where God had placed him. As we continue reading the chapter, he testifies of the lessons that he uncovered from waiting.

We see the ministry in waiting.

Waiting is God’s means to teach us dependence, faith, and reliance upon Him. Waiting is God’s way of teaching us that He is in control. Waiting is how God shows us that we are not ready for the next level for Him to work through us. Waiting teaches how to get a hold of God in prayer. Waiting teaches us that we are impatient! Waiting causes us to be still and know that He is God! Waiting teaches us that God is not in a hurry!

We see the means for waiting.

Jeremiah described his situation as being in a dark place. He said that God had hedged his way in. His problem made him to age. He was stressed out by the fierce reaction and disobedience of the people against his preaching. He said that God had builded against him. He cried out for help, but no help was there! God uses trials, problems, uncertainties, and difficulties to make us wait. We desire a quick solution or resolution, and instead God seems to go silent on us. We become overwhelmed and frustrated with our circumstances. However, God uses these devices to stall us and make us realize that we must wait until God is ready to act on our behalf.

We see the manifestation in waiting.

Waiting is God’s will for our life. Waiting helps us to appreciate God’s mercies every morning. Waiting shows us how faithful God really is. Waiting teaches us that the Lord is good! We learn that our trial, in comparison with God’s timeline, is not very long. We see our life in terms of eternity and God’s big-picture view. We learn that God is Who is most important in the trial and not us. We come to the realization that all things do work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him.” Wait for God’s answer. Wait for God’s leading. Wait for God’s strength. He is a stronghold in time of trouble. He is our Rock upon which we stand. Do not see waiting as your enemy, roadblock, or obstruction. Accept waiting as a divine tool to bring us closer to the Lord. Don’t rush, just wait!

Have a wait-filled God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: John 16-18

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