Quick! What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word, “WAIT?”
Maybe it’s a phrase – “Wait for it…” or “I have to wait in line.”
Maybe it’s a cautionary command – “Wait! Look both ways before you cross the street.”
We use the word, “wait,” in many settings. As we are in the midst of this holiday season, I have to remind myself to WAIT on certain things. For instance, I make myself WAIT until the day after Thanksgiving before busting out all the Christmas decorations – and even more important, the Christmas music! We all must WAIT until December 25 before opening presents and seeing loved ones (although, I’m not going to lie – my husband and I open one gift on Christmas Eve). See, it is so hard to WAIT!
The bigger question we must ask ourselves is this: are we WAITING on the important things? Music and presents are trivial compared to spiritual matters. Do you have the self-discipline to WAIT? What are some bigger issues we must WAIT on?
I think of waiting until you are married before having sex. I think of waiting on God to answer prayers for a sick person. I think of waiting for your loved one to come home from military service. These things require patience, strength, endurance, determination, and self-discipline. God will give you all these things (James 1) when you ask for them. In following God’s plan and WAITING, you build character that people of the world do not have or understand.
Remember how God’s people grew tired of WAITING for Moses to come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and built the golden calf? Remember how Jacob WAITED (and worked!) for his wife for 14 years? Remember how the Israelites marched around Jericho’s walls, WAITING for all of God’s commands to make sense? How much trouble did His people bring on themselves when they DIDN’T WAIT? How much better was the reward when they DID WAIT?
I think the most popular verse on WAITING is in Isaiah:
New King James Version (NKJV)
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
In our “I want it NOW!” society, it is so difficult to WAIT. Think about having a photo printed: you used to have to drop off your roll of film and wait a few days. Then came 1 hour processing. Now there’s Upload Now and it’s ready when you get to the store! Self-discipline is like a muscle. You know you have the muscle in your body, and you know that it functions properly when you want it to, but most of the time, you choose not to use it. If you don’t flex that muscle and use it, as with any muscle, you will lose the ability to control it and it atrophies. If you don’t practice WAITING, then it will become more and more difficult.
What is something in your life that you have trouble WAITING on or WAITING for? Choose to “flex your muscle” and make a small effort toward this weakness in your life, even if it is just WAITING one more day to listen to Christmas music!
After your waiting is over, I pray that you will receive exceedingly abundantly more of God’s blessings than you could have ever imagined!