Learning to Wait
Focus Scripture: Psalm 27
Faith in God does not spare us from difficulties. But it does equip us to live with courage and hope, in spite of our challenges. Faith prepares believers to “wait for the Lord,” suggesting that strength and courage begin and end with hope. This world has taught us to value instant gratification, and we have forgotten how to wait. Even our language includes such terms as nanosecond to denote an infinitesimal unit of time. Through this instant lens, especially during adversity, we refuse to suffer long and grow impatient when our pain endures beyond a moment. Our worldly conditioning might prompt us to ask: “Why me? And when will my misery end?”
Be encouraged. It helps to look at our concerns through a spiritual lens. Through spiritual conditioning, we begin to raise a different question: “How does my burden fit into God’s divine plan and purpose for my life?”
If we acknowledge that God is in control, we must be patient, trusting that God will deliver us (Proverbs 3:5-6) from our affliction (1 Corinthians 10:13) in God’s way and in God’s time (2 Peter 3:8-9).
Gracious God, amid worldly anxiety, inhumanity, brutality, and greed, help us trust you, rather than to fear. Teach us patience. Reassure us as we seek light, life, strength, courage, and direction from you. Amen.