Today I had one of those amazing ah-ha moments in my bible study that shook me to the foundation of my faith. This was such a powerful light bulb moment for me that I wanted to share it with you in hopes that you can see things in your life differently in the light of this perspective.
I was doing a word study on our verse of the week, Isaiah 30:18. I had written down the verse on a sheet of paper and circled the words and phrases that added extra meaning to the meaning. As I looked up the meanings, roots, and translations of the various words I began to see a powerful picture coming together through this verse!
In the New Living Translation of this verse the first part of the verse reads:
So the LORD must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
Must wait? Why must the God of heaven and earth wait for anyone… let alone me? Why MUST the God who created me wait for for me before he can show his love and compassion to me?
I looked up the Webster’s Dictonary defination of “wait” and found this “to wait for another person to catch up to you.” All of the sudden I had this beautiful picture in my mind of my Heavenly Father waiting for me to catch up to him so that I was close enough for him to show me his love and compassion. He must wait because he needs me close to him to best show his love and compassion to me.
Tears filled my eyes as I saw something powerful… God is WILLING to wait on me so that I can walk with him!
It is not his desire that I be on my own path so he willingly waits for me to join him on his. He does not want me stuck in the mistakes of the past so he willingly waits for me to join him in the present. He does not desire for me to race ahead of him trying to do things my own way so he willingly waits for me to come back to him for direction and guidance so we can walk together into His future for my life.
The end of the verse says:
For the LORD is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.
As I studied this verse closely I believe that there are two separate kinds of waiting being talked about. The faithful waiting that God does on us to return to him and then the waiting that we must do once we come to him.
Often when we finally turn to God we expect that he is going to act immediately! We are impatient with Him because we feel that he should move as soon as we are ready. A second definition that Webster’s gave for “wait” was this: “Stay in a place of expectation.” Often God does not move the moment we turn to him… rather he keeps us in a place of expectation to teach us about his timing and the importance of trusting him.
So what do we do while we wait on him? We wait on him… the third definition that I found for “Wait” means: To Serve. In other words, While we wait on him to move us in His time to where we need go… we wait on him by serving him where we are.
So here is the perspective that I have been pondering today: God is so willing to wait FOR us to come to him yet when we finally come to him we are often too impatient to wait ON Him.
It is no wonder this verse says, “Blessed are all who wait on the Lord.” it is often a small and sincere group who are willing to overcome our impatience long enough to truly be willing to wait while we wait.