Read: Isaiah 30:18-26
For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (v. 18)
Waiting doesn’t appeal to us. We live in an instant society—fast food, instant downloads with powerful Wi-Fi, easy credit so you don’t have to wait to buy that new 70-inch OLED TV. Nobody is into delayed gratification; we want what we want and we want it now.
Waiting is a waste of time at best; at worst, an unbearable prolonging of suffering. Waiting is for people who wonder why God hasn’t answered their cries for help. Waiting is for the parents who pray year in and year out for a child who doesn’t change. It’s for the young man in a wheelchair who realizes he will never walk; for the widow who wakes up each morning and remembers she’s alone. Waiting is for the family praying desperately for a miraculous cure, and for the one standing at a graveside. Waiting is for the oppressed who long to be free, for the hungry who long to be filled, for the sick who long to be whole, for the victimized who long to see justice.
I get impatient if I have to wait five minutes in line at the supermarket checkout. How could waiting possibly be good? But it is. “Blessed are all those who wait,” who continue to trust in God no matter what. Blessed are those who believe that the Lord will surely be gracious, that one day they will dwell in Zion and weep no more. —David Bast
As you pray, ask the Lord for strength to wait.