When I married my wife we repeated the customary wedding vows promising to cherish one another “in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth.” Perhaps we should have added an additional line. Something like. “I promise to wait for you.” Since we married we have waited for each other. We have waited at airports, train stations and bus stops. I have waited on her to put on last minute make-up and she has waited on me to put down my book or close my computer. When she gave birth to our children, I waited. When I had a motorcycle accident, she waited. In too many ways to enumerate or remember, we have waited on each other. If we added it all up it would be a huge chunk of our lives. And now, it makes me happy. She is worth waiting for.
When we had children, we waited. We waited for their birth. We waited for them
when they got out of school. We waited late at night in dark parking lots for
their buses to return. We waited for them in the car, the motor running, the
clock ticking, knowing we were late to church. We stayed up waiting for them to
come home from their first dates. And we waited for them to come home from
Waiting is a part of life. We choose to wait for those we love.
That is why God waits for us, because He loves us. Isaiah says, “Therefore the
Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have
compassion on you for the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those
who long for Him. (Isa 34:18). In Jeremiah, God says, “Before I formed you in
the womb, I knew you.” (Jer. 1:5). God has waited an eternity for you.
We often miss God because we haven’t learned to wait on Him. We blast through
busy schedules making quick decisions without taking time to connect with God’s
better plan for us. The Psalmist said, “My soul waits in silence for God only.
From Him is my salvation.” (Ps. 62:1) “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He
inclined to me and heard my cry.” (Ps. 40:1) The prophet Micah said, “But as
for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord. I will wait for the God of my
salvation.” (Micah 7:7)
Waiting on God involves prayer and finding time to be quiet before Him.
Sometimes it includes fasting. But waiting isn’t always about sitting still
with our arms folded.
Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened.” The secret
is to remain open to God’s direction and to listen to His voice while we
constantly seek and knock. David wrote, “I would have despaired unless I had
believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait
for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the