Waiting is an Exercise
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.” Psalm 130:5, NKJV
Young children find waiting on anything almost unbearable; the older we get and the more experience we acquire from the act of waiting, the more patience we also tend to gain. Who has never heard the question of a child, “are we there yet?” when taking a family road trip? As adults in the world of instant messaging, mobile phones, and communicating with others, most of us wonder, “Why isn’t he/she answering my call?” Waiting is hard!
The Bible often references “waiting” throughout Scripture. Most of the time, we are waiting on God, such as in the verse from Psalm 130. How are we to wait when God is silent? Perhaps the answer reveals an area within our spiritual growth needing exercise, such as:
Patience without gratification
Forgiveness without an apology
Trusting without seeing
Hoping without evidence
Loving without being loved
Giving without receiving
The list above is by no means exhaustive, as I am sure you can think of other ways one might be found waiting in his or her lifetime for something we feel is important. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate example of right attitude and action during a time of waiting. Did you know that God must also wait on you and me at times in our lives?
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, NKJV.
If you have not asked Jesus into your heart to be Lord and Savior, even though he has already died for you, God is waiting for your answer.