For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:4 NKJV)
|Behind the Word – waits, (Hebrew) chakah – to wait, to wait for, to long for.|
Children have limitless time. They don’t consider it costly. They use it for their pleasure easily. They live in the moment and trust that more moments are flowing, like a river, their way. Maturity ruins that innocent mindset and an awareness of time as a limited commodity creeps in unnoticed. Some of my life’s best experiences are the ones so captivating that my awareness of time is suspended. But on the ordinary passing days of my life, I am aware of time’s sand departing my flesh.
Contrarily, I have also a constant awareness in the Spirit that I am eternal and therefore time has no grip on me. This absolute truth in my heart is settled Law of the Gospel. So, if my days are uncountable, why is it so hard when God makes me wait? A wise person once told me that I had three choices with my time – I could spend my time, I could waste my time, or I could invest my time. Which one am I doing as I wait on the Lord?
It seems that recently many of my closest friends and I are actively waiting on God. Some of them are in great need and others only great want. As I’ve observed their struggle to be patient, I’ve recognized the lack of faith in God that my impatience betrays in me. When Jesus saved me from my sin and the eternal death it had earned me, I gave Him my not only my sin, but my heart and my life. My impatient waiting reveals my attempt to take it all back from Him and use it my way instead of His.
Isaiah wrote that our God— acts for the one who waits for Him…. The Hebrew word translated as wait here also means to long for. When I am waiting on God, my mind is more often occupied by the thing I am waiting for. I wrongly long for it, not Him.
I speak often of my faith and of my trust in Christ, but nothing more reveals a lack of mature faith than when I impatiently seek God with the attitude of a demanding two year old and insist on immediate relief. I need to hit the reset button on this one and reset my waiting mindset.
I do trust the Lord. My life is His. I am determined to shift my prayer and my focus from a demand for a self determined solution to a desire, a waiting, a longing for His Presence – knowing that in His presence, I am at peace with my circumstances. Paul wrote to the church at Phillipi — Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…. Impatient waiting is a flesh focused, me focused, untrusting demand on a God who has given already so much more than could ever be expected.
So, today, I will wait with a peaceful heart. The Spirit of God overrules my pleading flesh. I set my desires aside, Lord. Today I wait and trust. Today I wait in faith.
By your patience possess your souls. (Luke 21:19 NKJV)