It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord [Lamentations 3:26].

I hate waiting – or even slowing down.

As a matter of fact, I really dislike stop signs and brake pedals.  One of these days, I may write a book titled, “If You Drive Slow Enough, You’ll Hit All the Red Lights.”

While stopped at a red light on the morning commute, tempers flared and patience ran short. The car directly in front of me was first in line and the driver had that mad-dash look. After what seemed like an eternity, the light turned green. However, it was the left-hand turn arrow, not the main traffic light. But the car in front of me launched into the intersection – almost colliding with the oncoming (left-turning) traffic. Fortunately, the driver stopped quick enough to avoid an accident. Of course, God used the near-miss to speak to my own impatience and frenzied pace.

Today’s mindset is one of immediacy. Fast food, quick hookups, faster downloads, shorter sermons, new tech gadgets with faster speeds, drive through pharmacies, ten-minute workouts. We get frustrated waiting at doctor appointments, we anxiously await that overdue promotion, we impatiently ask God to hurriedly answer our prayers. Always in a hurry. We consider waiting to be a waste of time.

But not with God. He invites us to “Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14).

Trusting God’s Sovereign Timing

Scripture provides many examples of people being tested, refined, and blessed while waiting on God’s time schedule. Moses waited 40 years before God called him into service. David waited 13 years for God to fulfill his promised kingship. Rachel and Hannah waited years for God to give them children. Paul waited in an Arabian desert for 14 years. Joseph waited 2 years in prison. Nehemiah waited four months. Daniel waited three weeks. People who faithfully waited, prayed, and trusted God.

Waiting on God removes our self-sufficiency. It builds our dependency on God’s sovereign timing and purpose. While we wait, He works behind the scenes aligning people, events, and hearts so everything falls into place according to His master plan and timing. We only invite disaster  by impatiently launching ourselves before God’s light turns green.

As Moses told the Israelites long ago, be still today. Slow your hurried pace of life. Acknowledge God’s sovereign plan and timing. Open your heart and mind and watch the Lord lead you today. Learn to wait on God.

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