“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, KJV, emphasis added).
Like it or not, I know that I should wait for God’s timing. Nine times out of ten, I don’t like waiting, and if you’re honest with yourself, neither do you.
Life is full of endless waiting moments, from waiting at a stop light to waiting in line at the grocery store to waiting in the doctor’s office to waiting for the school bell to ring.
As we grow up, the waiting experiences only increase in intensity. As children, we found waiting for Christmas or our next birthday pure misery. As young adults, we find ourselves waiting for any number of things that promise to change our lives forever.
Maybe you’re waiting for a college acceptance letter that seems as though it will never come. Maybe you keep checking your phone for a call or email letting you know whether or not you got the job.
Maybe as you watch your friends pair up as cute little items, you wonder when your special someone will come into the picture. (And by the way, if you’re wondering if the wait is worth it, check out Lauren’s blog at the fulltimegirl.com. Waiting may be hard, but pursuing a relationship God’s way brings blessings you and I don’t want to miss out on.)
Yes, I do believe, though sometimes with trembling faith, that I am to wait on God for His timing and His best. Perhaps I do not fully understand that God waits for my good.
My good? Yes, yours and mine.
I read Isaiah 30:18 the other day – as if I were reading it for the first time. And then I read it again.
“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, KJV).
The Lord waits that He may be gracious unto you. Unto me.
When I think of waiting, many words come to mind. Gracious is not one of them.
How is God gracious to us by waiting?
- Maybe we’re not ready.
- Maybe He’s preparing us for something.
- Maybe He’s ordaining other events we can’t begin to understand.
- Maybe He just wants us to trust Him and cling to Him more.
The bedrock reality is that God is good, and if He calls us to wait, then that is His “good, and acceptable, and perfect” will for us right now (Romans 12:2).
The wait probably won’t last forever, so wait expectantly on Him (Psalm 62:5).
Then, when He calls us to move, trust Him for the courage to go where He leads (Joshua 1:9).
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him” (Isaiah 64:4, KJV).