Have you noticed how much time is spent simply waiting? According to a survey I recently read we spend in an average lifetime:
27 days waiting for a train, or queuing at a bus stops
140 days on hold on the telephone (listening to simply wonderful music?!)
180 days queuing in a supermarket
A similar amount of time waiting at red lights
A staggering 136 days waiting for your beloved to get ready. You work out if that’s male or female!
Would you believe the average person spends 7 years in their lifetime waiting to get off to sleep!!!
Quite incredible! I must confess I’m not brilliant at waiting, I guess few of us are so it is a little surprising to find a great emphasis on waiting in the Bible. Over 40 times in the Old Testament alone God says, ‘Wait.’ Why? Bob Gass in his daily devotional suggests the following reasons.
Waiting isn’t just something you have to do in order to get what you want. No, waiting produces patience, understanding, maturity, and character. What God accomplishes in you while you’re waiting is often more important than the thing you’re waiting for. It also forces any potential weakness to the surface. The truth is that time spent waiting is time spent learning and growing! Secondly waiting is not an excuse for dodging reality, shirking responsibility or not doing the right thing. For example, if you’re in a financial mess because of overspending, don’t sit around waiting for pennies from heaven. They’re not coming! Instead, discipline yourself and make it a priority to learn sound financial principles like budgeting and not buying things until you can pay for them. Above all else, waiting means making a daily decision to trust and obey God, even when things aren’t going the way you planned. It’s saying, ‘Lord, I’m counting on you and I don’t have a back-up plan!’
He goes on to say. The word ‘wait’ in the Hebrew language sometimes describes the making of rope. Every rope starts out as a thread, and every strand added just increases its strength. So each time you wait on the Lord you add another thread to the rope; you get a little stronger, a little more able to cope. Do you feel like you’re just hanging on by a thread today? Spend more time in God’s presence and God’s Word, and watch your thread turn into a rope.
Sound advice. Let me finish with a verse from the Psalms.
Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and he will come and save you! Be brave, confident and courageous. Yes, wait and he will help you.