on waiting

I hate waiting.

And, it seems like that is all I am asked to do lately.

Waiting on a job. Waiting on a house. Waiting on answers from God. Waiting on a better day.

You see, God has answered so many prayers and questions for our family in the past six months. Yet with those answers come more waiting.

Did I mention I hate waiting? 

In this lies one of the great battles of our time and culture: immediate gratification vs. waiting it out. The problem is, immediate gratification has some fantastic weapons. It seems that the desire to wait it out puts up little fight.

Ever since I heard the song “40” by U2, I have been mildly obsessed with the Psalm the song is based on.

The first few verses read:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

The Psalm is interesting because what the Psalmist desired and received isn’t at play here. Yet two things came out of his waiting:

1. He received a new song.

2. Many saw the power of God through his waiting

Wow. So if I’m reading this right, as we wait on God he creates something wholly new in us. As we receive the gift of what we are praying for (in whatever form that might take), we also have a new song to sing.

A song about God’s provision.

A song about long-suffering.

A song about the faithful God who teaches us about faithfulness.

As you continue to look through scripture, you see a lot of waiting. In fact it seems that God has no issue waiting several generations before he acts on promises. If you don’t believe me, see the 400-500 year “silence” in the inter-testament period before he revealed Christ.

In fact, I can’t think of many times where God acted immediately and with a lot of clarity when he answered the prayers of his children. I’m not saying he never acts swiftly, but he tends to move much slower than our liking.

That is a hard pill to swallow when we really want something.

We are children of this age, though. SO many thing are easy to discover without a lot of effort. We don’t have to really wait for anything. This is no complaint. It is simply the luxury of technology and affluence.

Yet, we must discern what is being done to us when we don’t wait patiently on the Lord. While I think we have a tremendous luxury in things being so easily accessible, we must not be fooled into thinking the real stuff of life can be remedied by the same methodology.

Again, we serve a God who has no problem taking his time. We have the chance to join in with God in the wait and see what can be done to us through the wait.

How do we change in the wait? Are we different people between the time we ask and receive? How would we have grown if we were given what we wanted immediately?

So today if you are waiting like me, take heart. While you continue to pray for what you desire, also pray about what God is doing in your heart while you wait. Pray with anticipation for the new song he is creating in you.

Pray for us as we wait. And, I would love to know what we can pray for as you wait. Share with us what we can pray for and we will join with you in that prayer.

Let the new song be written in your heart today as you wait.

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