Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Benefits of Waiting

Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD. (Ps. 27:14)

   Why is it so hard to wait?  We live in a fast paced world. Everyone wants instant gratification.  Young and old alike want it -- right now.  When we don't get our way, we fuss, fume, and stomp our feet.  I remember when my kids were small, temper tantrums would be used as a way to get what they wanted.  It almost never worked, but that didn't stop them from trying. 

   The other day I stood and watched a busy intersection.  A car approached as the light turned yellow.  Did he slow down and wait?  No, he stomped on the gas pedal and roared through even as the light turned red.  No regard for others.  No concern that someone might be crossing the street.  No fear of an oncoming auto.  Hurry!  Hurry! Hurry!  The world is racing to its own destruction. 

   God isn't in a hurry!  He doesn't count time like we do.  With God "a single day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a single day." (2 Peter 3:8)  He could have created the world in a moment of time; instead he tood six days.  God knows that good things take time.

   I am well aware that growth and maturity in the Christian life take a lifetime of effort.  Nothing comes easily, and nothing comes quickly.  The Holy Spirit needs time to adjust our attitudes, correct our missteps, and deepen our faith.  I don't find waiting to be easy, the benefits come through waiting. 

   Waiting develops patience, and I sure do need patience.  Waiting gives me time to reflect upon God's goodness.  Waiting helps me learn the ways of God.  Waiting strengthens my resolve and gets me through trying circumstances.  The next time you face a difficult situation, slow down and wait on the Lord.  God wants to give you his best.  

   Are you willing to wait on the Lord?  He promises to renew your strength.  Turn over all control to him and see how much fuller your life will be.

Thought for the Day: Waiting develops patience and perseverance.

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