Waiting... it is never an easy thing. Whether it's waiting for the Lord to bring the right person into our life, or waiting in line, or waiting to hear a diagnosis, it is always a test of the will. We try to teach our kids to wait for the things they want, and it is a great lesson. For it will one day give them peace as they look forward to the answers they await. We are people of action, for the most part. We want it now. Instant gratification. However, God's Word shows us that there is purpose in the waiting. Psalm 130:5 says, "I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."
When we are forced to tarry, our hope is found not in thing itself that we are waiting for, but in the LORD Himself. In our waiting, a deeper dependence on the LORD occurs. Like Abraham who waited longer than most people even live to become a father to Isaac, we can trust that the God of the universe has our situation well under control. When Sarah finally did have Isaac, Abraham was asked to do the unthinkable... to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Because of the years of waiting, Abraham's faith and hope in the LORD grew even stronger. So much so, that when the time came for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, he had full confidence that the LORD would provide. His hope was no longer in his long-awaited son, but in the LORD God Himself. His faith was credited to him as righteousness. We, too, can look to the LORD as our prize, not the temporary fulfillment of whatever it is we await.
What are you waiting for this week? I pray that you will find the peace that passes understanding in the process.