IT SEEMS that in contemporary society we have very low tolerance for waiting – for anything that is.
We want it all and we want it now.
Our modern lifestyles have conditioned us to expect things to come to us in record time.
Our microwave ovens, high-speed internet connections, mobile devices, and ready-made meals have not necessarily set us up to be good at waiting.
Patience appears to be a fast-dying virtue, as we feel increasingly time poor.
However, often the big ticket items in life don’t comply with our tight schedules; they don’t play ball.
Instead – have you noticed – they take their time?
Although we may approach situations snapping our fingers, the world around about doesn’t comply with our sense of rush.
Conversely, the test results take weeks to come back, the replacement job isn’t readily available when needed and the house extensions always take way longer than expected.
The wait is hard, especially for people not used to dealing with delays.
Culturally therefore, it becomes problematic that the God of the Bible would see value in us humans spending precious moments in life’s waiting room.
Yet, the Biblical songwriter testifies: “I waited patiently for the Lord, He turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
While God could deliver things to us immediately, He often doesn’t.
Apparently, there is a difference between waiting time and wasted time.
Waiting on God then is not a waste; He will turn to us, and He will listen, even if it takes longer than first anticipated.
We can call out to God in dependence today, asking for His intervention.
Jesus Himself gave us great news: “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).
But we also recognise we come to God, on God’s terms. And sometimes consequently, we wait.
But if it is God we are waiting for, we never wait in vain.
Jonathon Schroder, New Life Baptist Church