Finding Worth in the Wait: Trust God & Reflect. Rejoice. Rest. Redeem. Remember.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:13-14).

One of the greatest frustrations for Christians can be waiting for God to act. In today’s day and age, we are accustomed to things being quick, and instant. We are impulsive, spontaneous, and sometimes demanding. We want things to happen, and we want them to happen quickly. Conditioned by our instant-messaging, fast-food eating, "need it now" culture, we’ve developed intolerance for waiting. As a result of living in this never ending state of immediacy in every other aspect of life, it is easy for us to become frustrated with God, His apparent inaction, His silence, and His obvious unhurried pace. As human beings, we do not like waiting - on earthly things, or heavenly things for that matter. Waiting, whether in the doctors waiting room, or Gods waiting room, is simply just not something any of us want, or like, to do.

From God's perspective, waiting is an exercise he's designed to help us develop maturity. The New Testament writer James urges us to "Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" (James 1:4, NKJV). Sometimes waiting builds our character; other times it's God's way of granting us a much-needed rest. God knows when we're exhausted, and he wants us to have time to catch our breath. Psalm 23:2, 3 reminds us, "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul." If you're going through a waiting period, here are a few ways to profit from it.

Trust God & Reflect on His Goodness. Trust in God’s faithfulness and Sovereignty. Think on times past when God came through for you. Think about all of the things God has already done for you. This will guard your heart against bitterness and unbelief. In I Thessalonians 5:17-18 we are urged to, "Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." Rejoicing will liberate your soul.

Rejoice. Paul and Silas were thrown in prison. But at midnight they were singing praises to God. (Acts 16) Paul says, "Rejoice in the Lord and again I say rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).

Rest in the Lord. God doesn’t want us to be full of anxiety. Worry changes nothing. Worry is sin and robs you of faith and peace. God has prepared a place of rest for his people. A rest from our labors and self-endeavors. (Hebrews 4) We enter his place of rest through faith and obedience. Jesus said, "Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

Redeem the time. "Don’t wish your life away. Time goes by fast enough." How many times do we wish our life away? Enjoy and savor the moment. Don’t waste your time always wishing for a future time. God gave you today to live. We must redeem the time by using it wisely for preparation and training. Waiting is not sitting in a rocking chair twiddling our thumbs. Be useful. Make use of the opportunities that come your way.

Lastly, REMEMBER your Redeemer is working in you while you spend time in God’s waiting room. He is "the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). The Divine Potter is molding and making us while we spend time in God’s waiting room. It is God who "both wills and works for His good pleasure" in our lives (Ephesians 1:9). Be patient like the farmer waiting for the seed to produce.

 

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    Then and Now: An Ecumenical Gathering to End Racism immediately following the Orthodox Christian Bridegroom Service of Holy Tuesday. Service begins at 6:00 pm, Program begins approximately 8:00 pm. All are welcome to both.

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