I hate to wait. As someone who hates to wait at red lights, you can imagine the distress I feel every time I’m required to go to the Pit of Waiting Despair known as the Department of Motor Vehicles.
We groan when we hear that we need to visit the DMV, don’t we? Because we know we will have to wait. And the DMV is a minor inconvenience compared to the big waits in life.
We’re all waiting for life to return to normal—to be with friends and family, to worship together, travel, gather, and celebrate occasions as we used to. Maybe you’re also waiting for healing, for reconciliation in a relationship, or for a prodigal child to return. Maybe you’re longing to be reunited with a loved one here or in heaven.
When I go to the DMV, I know I’ll eventually leave with the renewed license I came for. But in the rest of life, we often don’t know when or how our waiting will end. What we do know is the character of the One we are waiting for.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)
We can be strong and have courage as we wait, because we know the Lord is with us. Our hope isn’t in a particular outcome; our hope is in Him. His presence gives us peace as we wait.
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:7)
And as we wait, we can have peace because of the promises of God’s Word. The truth of His Word sustains us as we wait.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” (Psalm 130:5)
Waiting is hard, friends. But we are not left alone. We are waiting for the Lord, who gives us hope through the promises of His Word.
No matter what you face this week, let your heart take courage as you wait for the Lord.
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