Waiting on the Promise…

No body likes to wait!

Waiting in traffic…

Waiting in the grocery line…

Waiting on a late kid…

Waiting on a paycheck…

Waiting for your turn at Next!

I imagined that the disciples were growing weary in their waiting. The Bible states that after Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus appeared to them and proved himself over and over. Yet, they were ordered to stay and wait for the promise. Yikes!

Reading this text in the context of a microwave, instantaneous society can be difficult. We want it and we want it now. Aside from selfishness, I also read this text from a lens of the suffering. The Jesus followers had been suffering for quite a while. They had been subject to persecution and injustice empire after empire, year after year. Waiting seemed almost cruel, especially since they knew of Jesus’ great power.

So why wait?

Waiting produces perseverance.

Waiting increases faith.

Waiting requires patience.

Waiting requires humility.

Waiting yields submission.

Waiting yields favor.

Waiting produces endurance.

Waiting strengthens character.

Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Strength Prayer:

Gracious God,

Help me to wait.

Help me to wait on your promise of comfort, peace, protection, power and love.

Help me to rest and stand upon your word.

Help me to trust and obey your heed to stay.

Dear Lord, when I can’t see the way and the promise feels far away, grasp tightly my hand. Reassure my feeble mind of your provision. Remind me of your never-ending love and protection. Guide me every step, every moment, everyday as I travel along the pilgrim way–trusting and waiting; believing and waiting, hoping and waiting, praying and waiting. Now and always, Amen.

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