Waiting

Most people would probably agree with the statement  that we live in a fast-paced society, where waiting has  become old—fashioned. Credit cards make it easy to buy now  instead of saving up for your purchase, fast food eateries  are flourishing, and by computer you can communicate with  someone almost anywhere in the world in a matter of moments.  What do you do when you have to wait in line at the bank  or the post office? Do you sigh and fidget, or tap your  foot and mutter under your breath?  How foreign to our 21st century ears is Psalm 40:1,  “I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined unto me  and heard my cry”. Does anyone wait patiently~ anymore?  The Bible is filled with examples of waiting; Jacob waited  and worked seven years before he could marry Rachel; Noah  waited over 100 years for the great flood while he built  the ark; and the whole of the Old Testament points toward  waiting for the coming of the Messiah. We, as Christians,  also wait for the return of Jesus as promised in Acts 1:11  and the Book of Revelation. Scripture also says that this  time of waiting will produce scoffers who say, “Where is  the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell  asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning  of the creation”. (2 Pet. 3:4) To them Jesus will return  as a thief in the night (v.10), but what of those who  patiently watch and wait? Psalm 27:14 says,” Wait on the  Lord; be of good courage, and he will strengthen thine heart;  wait I say on the Lord”. Don’t be disheartened by the  nay— Sayers but wait on the Lord, not as a pew—warmer  sitting in church Sunday after Sunday, but wait on the Lord  as if you were a waiter, serving Him how and where you are  asked. Active service while waiting patiently should be the  Christian’s goal and experience. “Wait on the Lord, and  keep his way, and he shall exalt thee ‘to inherit the land”.  (Psalm 37:34) What are you waiting ~for and upon whom are you  waiting are two good questions we should ask ourselves.  There is an old saying, “Good things come to those who wait”,  and it’s true, but only if we are waiting upon things that  are good.

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