Waiting on God

Waiting on God

In today’s culture,
waiting is outdated.  You can pay the amusement parks to let you skip
lines with a fast pass, you can pay for a device that lets you skip
commercials on TV and get back to your show, you can communicate with
friends in a matter of seconds rather than waiting a day for you to get a
letter to them (or at most, about a week, maybe a week and a half). 
Instead of getting a movie from Netflix at your home by mail in a matter
of one or two days, you can now stream movies and TV shows directly to
your home from Netflix.

In this kind of culture, who has time to wait
on God?  Can waiting on God all of a sudden become a matter of seconds,
rather than a matter of days, weeks, months, or years?  “Get with the
program, God” isn’t going to cut it.  Our generation is going to miss
out on hearing from God unless we can get ourselves back to a culture of
waiting.  Sure, it does have a hard price to pay when we want something
and want it now.  However, what good comes out of something being
quick?  Does God show up in a microwave culture?  Maybe, if He does, are
we truly going to hear Him, and especially, are we going to be willing
to wait on Him?  We may be one of the last generations to walk the face
of this earth.  Do we truly want to follow Him, or are we going to let
ourselves slowly become like the people in the end times as described in
the Bible?

“But realize this, that in the last days
difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of
money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful,
unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without
self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of
godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

It
does not specifically mention impatience.  However, we need to realize
that impatience is selfishness and a lack of self-control, and both of
these are listed in the passage.  In response to another list of sins,
Paul says that patience is among the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians
5:22-23).  Isaiah 40:31 says:  “Yet those who wait for the LORD will
gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will
run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”  It does
not say:  “Anyone who is a Christian will gain new strength;” therefore,
it is our duty to wait.  We are to have patience.  Where did Elijah
finally find God?

“And a great and strong wind was rending
the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the
LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the
LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake a fire, but the
LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle
blowing.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and
went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, a voice came
to him and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

You
see, we have to be willing to let God show up in His own way and in His
own timing.  If we get too busy, we may miss His presence.


Sources:  The Bible (New American Standard Bible, NASB)

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