Waiting is surely not a welcome topic in most Christian assembly today. In fact, we are told if we have faith, we will take it all and now. And so a number of hands and tears all aimed at heaven will not take ‘wait’ for an answer. Sadly, the church in our age breeds countless number of what looks like believers, hasty grabbers that are strangers to waiting for time talk less of God.
In the Interpreter’s house, in Bunyan’s Pilgrims’ Progress. The world has two boys; the first Passion by name and the other Patience. Passion is discontented because he wants it all now. Patience is willing to wait. Passion soon have it all and squandered it all. He was left with rags. Patience had it last and laughed forever. You see my friend, if you can’t wait, you will have short time to spend whatever you get, because the first must give way to the last but the last gives way to none!
The Bible talks of the patience of Job and admonishes us.
Be patient therefore, brethren unto the coming of the Lord. James 5:7.
In James chapter five verse seven, the inspired writer puts it as if the limit of our patience is till the coming of the Lord. If you are waiting, you should keep waiting till Jesus appears! We are Christians, we don’t wait for time we wait for God! There are things that time will never tell! Doors that won’t open, storms and painful goodbyes! It’s only in the presence of Jesus we’ll know and understand well. Only heaven will show the secrets that time will never tell!
As children of God, we must learn to wait. We happily share the story about the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Hannah, David and others. But our stories about them are incomplete. We should know that God had them all schooled in the academy of patience.
Abraham waited for above fifty years, Isaac waited for God for about twenty years. Jacob testified at above the age of hundred years: ‘I have waited for your salvation oh Lord’ Genesis 49: 18. Hannah waited long enough till her rival had children and till God answered her. While running about from cave to cave, God was watching David. Being instructed in the secret wisdom of patience, David would rather wait until God step in between him and Saul rather than seize the moment and kill the sleeping king.
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5:10-11
The heroes of faith all had the virtues of waiting. They are men and women that will rather wait for God and until God comes. They are not people of short cuts, they travel all the lent of the way appointed them in their journey of faith. They are unlike many men in this age. Men of the age of push buttons, impatient with the ‘slow’ method of God. We forget that the lane that runs along the valley of patience is part of our appointed track that leads to the land of promise.
Those that cannot wait will pass away in another man’s time and leave the field for the patience ones. We must learn to wait for the Lord, wait in prayers, wait in faith and wait for the promise!
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3.