“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” Exodus 32:1
Times of delay are always times of potential danger. When God allows us to wait, we must be on guard against our own impatience and even our own intellect. It is easy during these times to “lean on our own understanding”. The children of Israel grew tired of waiting on Moses. With the smoke of God’s presence rising in the distance, they built a fire and fashioned an idol. They traded the true God for a golden calf. King Saul grew tired of waiting on Samuel and offered the sacrifice himself. His fear of losing the following of his people was greater than his fear of losing favor with God. He gained a day and lost a kingdom.
Even Abraham and Sarah grew impatient, and decided to handle things their own way. Abraham got a son, but not the son of promise. He tried to fulfill God’s promise in his own power, and ended up with strife and grief.
Waiting is hard. There is no doubt about it. It tests our patience and our faith. We would be wise to learn from the examples of Scripture. While it may be difficult to wait on God, the consequences of not waiting are far more painful and costly.
Are you in a season of waiting? Take courage. Trust God. He has your future well in hand. He will strengthen you. His plan is perfect, and He isn’t one moment behind schedule. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
“And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
Mrs. Niki Lott
Christian Mother, Author, composer, and pastor’s wife