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Waiting - April 20, 2021
If there is anything that Americans struggle with it just might be patience.
The modern society, with all of its advancements that save time and energy, has made us unwilling to accept almost anything that does not come quick and in a hurry. We just got a special pot that will cook pinto beans in 30 minutes, the same beans my grandmother cooked all day.
Whereas quick and in a hurry may help to manage time demands of a crowded life, it will not work for a life of faith. There are still things that require patience. Thus, the psalmist tells his community to wait on the Lord be strong and let your heart take courage. Wait on the Lord.
Waiting on God is the ultimate act of faith because it recognizes there are things outside of our control. There are some things that can only be done by God. I know people are growing impatient with the restrictions caused by the recent pandemic. However, we are not out of the woods and Covid-19 is still infecting people and claiming lives.
We need to rediscover the value of patience and what it means to wait on the Lord. God moves in his own time and as persons of faith we are to discern the times and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us even if it means we have to wait.
Waiting is what David did between the time of his anointing and the time he took the throne.
Waiting is what Jesus did between the cross and the resurrection.
Waiting is what the disciples did when they returned to Jerusalem in anticipation of promised power.
Waiting is what you and I have done for the last twelve months in hopes of a return to public worship.
Our time of waiting serve as a means of strengthening us for the day of our return. So, on that day it will not just be another day but it will be the day that wait is over. For now, be strong, take courage and wait upon the Lord.