“…They 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.” Isaiah 40:31 ESV
Is there a purpose in all this waiting? Waiting is part of our faith walk. Abraham waited. As did Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Hannah, David, Zechariah and Elizabeth. The whole church waits for the return of Christ. Around the world, persecuted Christians wait patiently for relief either in this world or the next. Our faith is tested and proved genuine through waiting.
“Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…” (Romans 5:2-5 ESV)
If we study the sequence of events, suffering produces patience, endurance and perseverance. We stop being quitters, and give up looking for instant gratification. We learn to wait, because we have been forced to. In the waiting room, we find God Himself. He has been waiting there – not to judge or punish you – but “the Lord waits to be gracious to you and… exalts himself to show mercy to you.” (Isaiah 30:18 ESV).
“Perseverance produces character.” This means, we stop being caught up in our own selfish, little world; and find ways to step out and serve others. Even in the midst of being crushed, we find the strength to continue working. We stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Hardship and suffering lose their power to cripple us. We learn to ignore slights and to handle criticism, whether well deserved or unfair. We give up being people pleasers. As we are being humbled, we learn to show love and kindness.
What should you do when the heavens seem like brass, and God, deaf to your prayers? The answer is simple: Wait a little longer. Hold on. Don’t worry if you see no way out and the solution to your problem remains elusive. God has already worked out the end. Keep trusting in His name.
“Let him who walks in darkness, and has no light trusshame
Phrt in the name of the Lord, and rely on his God.” Isaiah 50:10 ESV.
Character produces hope, which does not disappoint us or put us to shame. Everyone else may fail us. Not God. In the end He will come through with a mighty deliverance. It goes against his justice and his character, not to intervene in your situation. God’s greatest blessings are reserved for those who have waited and proven His faithfulness.
“For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18 ESV
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4 ESV
As Joseph who spent years in Egypt as a slave and a prisoner before being elevated to a position as Pharaohs’ chief official discovered, the outcome God intends, will bless not only you, but many others too. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20 ESV.
Father, please help me to wait a bit longer. For it won’t be long before You come to my aid, and bring about a mighty deliverance. Many souls will be helped and Your name will be glorified. I will trust You, though I do not understand. For You are faithful and worthy of my trust. Thank You for Your patience as You refine my faith and my character.