Clinging to the Promise-Keeper

Clinging to Him as we wait

Clinging to the One we love as we wait

Are you walking through a difficult time right now, waiting for God to give you His solution to your problem? Have you been asking Him a question, waiting for His answer, but it hasn’t come?

Waiting is a difficult place to be. And yet, God seems to have a fondness for placing us in waiting mode. Have you noticed?

Do you wait on God the same way you wait in line? Tapping your foot, impatiently wondering when it’s going to be your turn, maybe even giving up and going somewhere else to get the job done?

In this day of internet, ATMs, and fast conveniences, it’s easy to become impatient when we’re made to wait. But no matter how long we wait on God, we can trust that God always fulfills His promises. See Joshua 23:14, 2 Corinthians 1:20, and 2 Peter 3:9.

Sometimes we have to wait because others aren’t ready yet. That’s hard. Imagine how Joshua and Caleb felt when they were ready to follow God into the Promised Land, but then had to wait another 40 years because others weren’t spiritually up to the task. Joshua 14:6-11.

Not fun. And yet, God used that time to raise Joshua up as a godly leader. I wonder if he would have become the man he did without all those years in the desert drawing close to the Lord. Exodus 33:11. He might have been too busy conquering and building to hang out in God’s tent. In fact, he may not have become the leader at all. Deuteronomy 31:14.

Sometimes we make this Christian walk about doing things for God. When something prevents us or we have to wait to see a task fulfilled, we get frustrated. We even feel useless. But the Hebrew word for “wait” in Psalm 37:34 and Isaiah 40:31 has meanings in binding together by twisting, much like the grafting of two vines to become one.

You see, God created us for relationship. The good works we do are to be an outflow of His Spirit at work within us. So, when you must wait, there is a Sovereign plan for it. He’s forming something needed in your heart and character. He’s waiting for others to be ready. He’s asking you to surrender. He’s doing things you can’t see. But whatever He’s doing, His purpose is always to draw you to Himself.

So what are you waiting for? Maybe He’s the One waiting for you.

“Why do you say … ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God’? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The ever-lasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.’” Isaiah 40:27-31 (NKJV)