I just got off the phone with a young man that I am seeking to mentor. He has a growing love for the Lord and His Word, wanting to be used by Him, but finds it difficult and even frustrating to wait for God’s timing for ministry as he has envisioned it.
As we were talking, I remembered the Song of Ascent sung by Israel as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the yearly feast. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5–6).
Watchmen who guard the city at night were always anxious for the morning to come and the dangers of the night to be past. This portion of the Songs of Ascent could have been written by Solomon or David. In it we see a waiting on the Lord with intense expectancy. Whether the Lord answers our prayers and longing quickly or makes us wait for some time, we must instinctively know that He has a purpose and reason for making us wait.
The keys to waiting are, 1) “wait for the Lord” and 2) hoping “in His word.” Both require trust. Knowing the Lord through our personal experience with His means that we have developed a personal trust in how he leads and manages our lives. This is also bound up in believing and trusting His Word. So often this is counter-intuitive to human reasoning. As we apply active faith to our waiting, we become more interested in what God is doing than our timing of events.
As with my dear friend, may your impatience be turned to waiting that is full of faith.
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