“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?”
So, how long can you wait?
A child will eagerly await his birthday or Christmas for those shiny gifts. A teenager will count the days until he can get his driver’s license. A young adult anticipates his wedding day. A maturing man knows the exact date of retirement.
We are often eager for things to come quickly. God does not operate on this timetable, however. After all, Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of Isaac. Isaac then had to wait 20 years for children. Joseph had to wait 13 years to be set free from his bondage. Moses had to wait 80 years to begin his God-ordained ministry.
Perhaps the hardest wait in Scripture was for Mary and Martha whose brother Lazarus lay dying. Jesus was not very far away, yet he waited a few days before coming to visit his friend Lazarus. In these days, Lazarus died. When Jesus arrived for his visit, Mary and Martha had lost all hope.
Jesus’ wait was for a reason, however. His glory was greatly revealed when he called Lazarus back to life. His sisters’ attitude instantly changed from mourning and desperation to rejoicing and celebration.
We learn in Isaiah 40:31 that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Psalm 27:14 teaches us, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thee.” Romans 8:25 goes on to remind us, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
While our attitude may be one of desperation believing that God may never answer, we can see the results of waiting on the Lord in the final verse from the psalm above, “I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
He certainly has been bountifully good to all of us! Let’s wait on Him and His blessings today.