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Waiting Is Not Passive
Dr. Michael Cochran
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Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for. Waiting, biblical waiting, is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow us to escape our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It is not a way to evade unpleasant reality.
Those who wait are those who work, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest because he has done his work of sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on God can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and conclusions to their lives and the harvest to their toil. Waiting is the confident, disciplined, expectant, active, and sometimes painful clinging to God. It knows that we will reap a reward.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Psalm 27:14 (ESV)
Waiting is often one of the hardest things we have to do. If we do not see immediate results, it’s easy to give up, assuming we will never receive answers. It can seem that our needs will never be met and our burdens will never be lifted.
But the Bible teaches us to expectantly “wait on the Lord.” We are not to be afraid or worried. Rather, we are to “be of good courage.” As we look to God and wait for Him, the Bible promises that He will strengthen our hearts and revive our spirits.
Today, it may seem that God is not hearing your prayers, or that your problems never will be solved. But don’t give up or be discouraged. Rather, be bold and courageous. Have faith.
Continue to commit your needs to Him. Trust Him, and keep seeking Him. Believe that His promises are true and that your prayers will be answered. As you wait on Him, He will strengthen you, provide for your needs, and grant you victory.
Sometimes I struggle to remember that it's good to wait for the Lord. It isn't easy. It goes against the grain of our quick-fix society. But, there's a hidden benefit in waiting. In times of waiting my soul is revived and spirit is renewed. Isaiah wrote, "but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint" (Is. 40:31)
During those times, we wait patiently on the Lord. We know that deep down he is working - while it may be underneath, hidden deep in our character. In due time, God will reveal everything he's grown in us. Those who wait will never be put to shame. We will never be disappointed.
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