JUST WAIT! It is hard sometimes to “wait” on someone, something, some event, or some day or some…you name it. The problem is that waiting takes patience which is not one of my greatest virtues. I guess that God is trying to develop patience in me because I am always waiting on something; or at least it seems that way. God seems to know where the problem is and the solution to what is causing my impatience. I am sure I am not the only person infected with this problem. The Psalmist said, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him,” (Psalm 37:7 NIV). It is not the Lord I have a problem with. It is all those other people and events in life. Seriously now, do you have a problem with patience? How do you think Jacob felt when he had to work for his future father-in-law for seven years in order to obtain the love of his life Rachel only to find out his seven years would turn into fourteen? That is really pushing the button on patience. Why would God allow that? That’s a good topic for your next bible study.
All good things don’t happen immediately in life. It took David quite a while to go from teenage super star giant killer to his eventual occupation as King David. The bible says, “David was thirty years old when he became king,” (2 Samuel 5:4 NIV). In between were years of victory and defeat and trials of being hunted like an animal. His ordeals make my impatience at a traffic light seem like a petty matter. But even David had instances of impatience and he paid dearly for them. Yes, it is hard sometimes to just be still and wait before the Lord but it is a practice we all need to develop. We are reminded by the Lord as all the great prophets down through history have been reminded, “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Just knowing that God knows all about my impatience and knowing that He has a plan to make good things to arrive in my life from His dealing with it gives me hope. Now if someone would just take care of the time setting on that dumb traffic light life would be better…or is God using that light for my benefit? How about the other areas of my impatience? Be still…wait. Just a thought.