Learning to Wait
“. . . I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7
For most of us waiting is no easy task! It goes against our nature. Since we live in a day dominated by the fast, the quick and the instant, waiting annoys and irritates us. The psalmist said, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15), but most of us find our time more convenient when it’s in our own hands or on our wrist! In a society extraordinarily obsessed with cell phones, watches, calendars, and schedules, waiting is considered an obscene waste of time.
But waiting on God’s will is not always wasted—especially when you are waiting on the One who Micah described as “the God of my salvation.” Waiting may sometimes be unpleasant, but it is seldom unprofitable, and a delay is always better than a disaster!
Patience is a friend of wisdom. When circumstances are confusing, when there is pressure to make a quick decision, it’s always wise to wait. Waiting always leads to greater clarity in knowing the will of God. Wanting to rush ahead while you know God is holding you back can be a bitter season to endure. But the fruit of waiting is sweet.
Learning to hear God’s voice is one thing that simply cannot be done in a hurry. Many of us have met those who have paid the price of learning to wait on God. They have a sweet confidence and a solid assurance of God’s goodness; they show dignity and confidence and assurance. They may be measured in their actions because they know that far more is often accomplished by waiting than by working. Oh, may we learn how to wait on God!
Lord, help me not to be in a constant hurry. Thank You for those special saints who have learned to wait on You. Help me learn from their example. Amen.