“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”(Psalm 39:7)
Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of waiting on God. We see Abraham waiting on God to bless him with a son. We see the nation of Israel waiting for someone to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, then waiting for hundreds of years for the promised Savior. In the New Testament, we see the disciples waiting for Jesus to become King ( they didn’t understand that He had to die first) and we see the church waiting for Christ to return. Waiting, it appears, is an integral part of God’s design for our lives.
Waiting requires us to trust in the unseen, to be assured that the invisible God will accomplish something good in the physical world. And we have to trust that He will do it when He is ready, not when we want Him to do it. Waiting demands trust, and we’d much rather have our blessings right now, thank you.
As we wait God purifies and refocusses our hearts. We may have longed for a particular answer from God; however, as He delays, His Spirit works deep in us to change our desires. Our hope may have been in a person, promotions, or a pleasure, but in the crucible of waiting. God shifts our heart’s attention to Him so that we desire to know Him above all else. Then we can say with King David, ” Lord my hope is in You”.
” Faith is to believe what we do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”