"Be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord"
The admonition from the psalmist David to wait on the Lord reflects the tenet of Scripture. With time
concerns being on God's side and not ours, God seems to like the concept of waiting a lot more than we do.
In fact, God requires it. Why does God always tell us to wait? Sarah all but gave up while waiting several
decades for her son to be born. The Hebrew people, the very ones of God's choosing, waited more than
four centuries to enter the Promised Land. Not only did God's appointed servants wait three days for Jesus'
resurrection from the tomb, but shortly after, the faithful waited 120 days for the power of the Holy Spirit to
descend upon them. And what about us? We've been waiting two centuries for Jesus to return for us. We
haven't done so well with the watching, but the waiting part has given us no choice in the matter.
We live in different times now. We think we've arrived. The leisurely and casual lifestyle, the simple life, has
long left the premises. Our scientific and electronic advancements have been designed to make our lives
easier. Our vehicles go faster and are easier to manipulate, we have microwaves and blenders and food
processors, and we have cell phones which are practically robots for us. Actually, the automobile
manufacturers are among those who literally use robots to build our cars. All this is designed to save us
time; to free us from burdens which we claim once stole our precious time.
But the result has become the opposite. People today have less time than ever. How often have we heard
expressions such as "there are never enough hours in the day?" We have become less tolerant, totally
impatient, never wanting to wait for anything or anyone. Isn't that contrary to God's command? There are
reasons that God has required (not requested) us to wait. Aside from building patience, thus faith in and
dependence on our Creator, waiting keeps us in check. We are forced to rely upon God as our ultimate
provider. Literally we are forced to prayerfully wait upon the Lord.
The psalmist was right. We need to understand that we are to simply wait upon the Lord. It's not
complicated unless we make it so. He also advises us that it takes strength, patient endurance, and a good
hearted attitude to do so. Our covenant is to wait in reverence and with hearts filled with love for all that God
has done and will continue to do for us. God is our strength and deliverer.
Simple, or is it?