Have you ever been so eager to see how a book ends that it makes you rush toward the finish? Often I skim quickly through pages of character development, scenic descriptions, and emotionally-laden dialogue because I just can’t wait to see the outcome. I miss the goodness and beauty as I rush through the tension to the resolution.
In a similar way, I sometimes miss the beauty of God’s goodness in the struggles of life because I’m weary of waiting. I shared last week how much I hate to wait. But God’s Word reminds us that the Author of our story always shows His goodness to us—not just by bringing an end to our waiting, but in the dreary, dragging, difficult middle.
In Lamentations 3, Jeremiah is in a tough spot. He has forgotten his happiness and finds himself in deep turmoil (Lamentations 3:17). He calls to mind God’s faithfulness, steadfast love, and daily mercies, and he puts his hope in the Lord (Lamentations 3:21-24). But his suffering doesn’t instantly end. He has peace, but he also still has problems. And then he says:
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him “ (Lamentations 3:25).
The Lord is good to us in our waiting. We don’t only look forward to future goodness when our wait is over. We can cling to His present goodness right here in the messy middle.
While you wait, God will renew your strength when you are weary (Isaiah 40:31).
While you wait, God will never stop caring for you—not for one single minute (Psalm 23:6).
No matter what you face this week, God is good while you wait.
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