We Wait; God Works

William C. Brownson

READ : Isaiah 64:1-8

We Wait; God Works

What is the difference between God and idols? Simple. God works, and they don’t.

That is, idols are only burdens to carry. They can’t do anything.

Very different is the God Isaiah knows. He can “tear open the heavens and come down,” making things different in this world. He does “awesome deeds” we don’t expect. He makes the “mountains quake” and the “nations tremble.”

To Isaiah, there is no one like God. “From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside you, who works for those who wait for him.”

God not only works; he goes into action for people. He’s the Master of the universe. He loves to do things for people, especially those who “wait for him.”

What does it mean to wait for God? It surely means that we don’t run ahead of him, heedless of what he wants. It means that we’re patient until his time comes. But most of all, it means that we trust him to act. We long for it, pray for it, eagerly expect it. And sure enough, God does something wonderful!


Thank you that you have promised, Lord, to work for those who wait for you. Teach us this active, eager waiting. Amen.