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The Waiting Game
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People don’t like to wait. If you don’t believe it, just try sitting at a traffic light for three seconds after the light has turned green. You could start a war!

But waiting seems unavoidable. We wait in shopping lines, in doctor’s offices, in repair shops. On phone calls, we’re put on hold. I don’t know anyone who enjoys the waiting game. We want what we want when we want it. In this day of instant coffee, instant breakfast cereal, fast food, and instant web browsing, we don't want to wait on anything?

The Bible says we are to wait on the Lord. “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14, NKJV). Wait a minute. Is the Bible telling us that even God puts "callers" on hold? Sometimes. Quite often, in fact. What we’re saying is, even though God’s line is always open to take our calls, the answers may be delayed.

Why the delay? Because we need to learn to wait. Waiting teaches us patience. “But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.” (Hebrews 10:36, The Message).

Worth Waiting For

All good things are worth waiting for—a wedding day, a new baby, a graduation diploma, a new job, or a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables—all are God’s promised blessings. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind” (The Message).

But God’s greatest blessings are yet to come. Isaiah 25:9 tells about it: “Also at that time, people will say, ‘Look at what’s happened! This is our God! We waited for Him and He showed up and saved us! This God, the one we waited for!’” (The Message).

In the meantime, what do we do? Just wait!

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