Those Who Wait

I have often heard people say “Good things come to those who wait.” There have been many times in life where this has certainly been true – meeting and falling in love with my wife Erin, receiving God’s call to come as the Pastor of this wonderful church, and the countless other times I have experienced God work out His purpose in my life (often slower than I would have preferred). Patience is definitely a virtue few of us have, but all of us need.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 says “The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.” Too often we attempt to force the results of a situation by relying on ourselves rather than putting our trust in God, even if it means waiting longer than we prefer. We all have stories of learning this lesson and seeing a better result as a result of patience. We often have to trust the process we are going through and continue to hold on to our faith.

Your circumstances may not be ideal, in fact, they may be downright rotten at the moment. You may be doing all you can to change them, but you know God is the one who has to handle it in His time, according to His will. Trust God and His process. Continue to grow in your faith through studying God’s Word and prayer while you wait. Waiting is rarely, if ever, fun, but it is often worth it.

Take some time this week to reflect on those experiences of your life where you had to wait for those “good things” to come to you. Thank God for these experiences and celebrate them with other Christians. Ask God to strengthen you and continue to allow you to trust Him.

Have a wonderful week!