God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times. Lamentations 3:25-27 (TM)
I think it’s hard to wait in a culture that gives me pretty much whatever I want in an instant. I’m not sure I know how to wait – passionately wait – wait in expectation of what God will do. Patience has ceased to be a virture. I now see it as a vice. I shouldn’t have to wait in line. I shouldn’t have to wait on dial-up. I shouldn’t have to wait for my food. I shouldn’t have to wait for that old person in his Buick! Come on! Let’s go! Are you serious?!
No wonder we give up so easily on God when he doesn’t come through with our every wish in a nanosecond. Everyone else does! Wall Street does. Madison Avenue does. Fed-Ex does. Click, scroll, click – it’s on the way! Come on, God – keep up with the times. I want it NOW!
As Bob Dylan sang, "you think [God]’s just an errand boy to satisfy your wandering desires. When you gonna wake up?" Our Father in Heaven isn’t interested in selling us anything. He isn’t interested in our customer satisfaction. He’s interested in what’s best for us…and sometimes that means having to wait.