“It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25 (NIV)
There was a day when Jesus had not yet come. God had promised a Messiah. So much time had passed but still He wasn’t here. All people could do was look ahead and believe the promise was real. Too often though, people looked away from the promise and started doing their own thing.
What do you do when you wait? Do you start to get impatient, frustrated, or angry? Think you need to start making things happen or they never will? Do you tell everyone else how unfair it is that you aren’t getting what you want? I know sometimes I just want to vent, let it out to anyone who will listen. What I really want is to know there is someone else who understands and cares.
God’s Word says it’s good to wait quietly. Is there anything more important in this world than where you will be for all eternity? If we are to wait quietly on the Lord for this, for what else should we be quietly waiting?
To wait is to rest in expectation and patience for a certain outcome or event. At the same time, observing and taking notice in order to be ready to act or serve in obedience. If what we are waiting for does not line up with or serve the Lord’s purpose, we need to be willing to reconsider the desired outcome. When waiting, at some point we will be called to action.
To be quiet is to be peaceable and content, not giving reason for offense or exciting controversy, disorder or trouble. When we are quiet, our emotions do not get the best of us. We have security in the fact that God understands and cares for us.
We often think waiting means inactivity and quiet means silent. We feel stuck, unable to do or say anything. But that is not the case. The truth is we move forward doing and speaking while seeking God’s way, not our own. When an opportunity presents itself, we step into it with the full security that our God is with us.
Have you been running full steam ahead without seeing the results you desire? Does your mouth seem to get you in trouble more often than not? When you feel like you can’t stop, that may be exactly what you need to do.
Something to Consider…
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
God already has a plan in mind for you. His plans are better than any plan we can even fathom. Do you feel like you are at a standstill with your own plans, not getting anywhere and tired of trying? God knows and cares. Decide to wait quietly on the Lord. Let Him show you His plans. Spend some time quietly waiting on God, listening to what He has to say. Choose to be ready, willing and able to move forward in obedience being confident He is with you.