Waiting is not one of my strong suits. I never liked it as a kid, and I like it even less as an adult. I’m a do-er, not a wait-er. And waiting quietly sounds like some ancient form of torture, not a path to success.
Can you relate?
Are you in a place where God is is asking you to wait?
Are you waiting for a new job? New relationship? New home?
Are you waiting for a breakthrough in your finances? Your relationship? Your hurting heart?
Well, God’s word has something to say about the waiting time:
“The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord.”
This truth tells me the opposite of what I feel: it is GOOD to wait quietly for the Lord. I often feel like waiting is bad, because I feel like I need to be doing something. And the idea of waiting quietly is contrary to my verbose nature. I’d rather talk and talk (even to the Lord) about the problem. (Like He doesn’t already know about it!)
But stop for a second and look at the verse before waiting quietly. It says that the Lord is good to those who depend on and search for Him. Without being in a position of having to wait quietly, I probably wouldn’t depend as much on the Lord, or search for Him.
So instead of looking at the quiet waiting times as a punishment, what if we looked at them as a gift? What if God puts us in those quiet waiting times so we will depend on and search for Him, so that He can be good to us?
Wow. Think about that.
God wants to be good to you. He longs to be good to you.
But He needs you to depend on and search for Him in order to receive that goodness.
I doubt I would recognize much of God’s goodness to me, if I didn’t start with a time of quiet waiting first.
As you go through this week ahead, do it in quiet waiting.
The quiet waiting is God’s gift to you.
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Depend on Him.
Search for Him.
Then watch God’s goodness unfurl when His salvation comes.
He loves you. He is good to you.