The practice of waiting

This post was inspired by the sermon yesterday we heard at church on the hurried life. It was a great reminder about what biblical waiting means and the relationship we grow with Christ during this time.

Basically, waiting is not something we are good at. Waiting and patience and perseverance is difficult. As a society, we see activity and progress as important. Our hurried culture doesn't have much space for waiting.

Waiting can often lead us to thinking, "Is God present in my life? Will he do something?"

As a culture we are used to immediate change. When something is absent from our lives it becomes difficult to wait. 

Justin, our pastor, asked us, "What if in the waiting that we are experiencing more of what God is? What if we are growing to become more like Jesus?" We could miss this because we don't slow down enough to see God in our life.

Waiting isn't wasted time but in fact a gift from the Lord. In this reality, we will have hope.

Justin mentioned there were 4 points to psalm 130, pleading, perspective, perseverance, and proclamation.

Pleading - Psalm 130 vs 1-2 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

Waiting can be so difficult and painful. We come to the realization that we can not truly change anything. Examples are longing for a spouse, children, job, healing, marriage to be healed but we can't make any of this happen on our own.

Our cultures solution is to try and take control with self help when all those solutions prove to be empty.

God is a safe place and person for you to process these frustrated emotions with. These hurting emotions from waiting. In our waiting we are longing and we should plead to God for mercy, mercy is a relieving of our distress.

Perspective Psalm 130 vs 3  If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? As the psalmist is pleading with God he becomes faced with the reality that he doesn't deserve favor from God. 

With the Lord, there is forgiveness of sin and rebellion of trying to be God instead of trusting in God. Waiting on the Lord provides perspective. In Christ we have received mercy that is unimaginable. 

All of our suffering is a direct effect of a broken world. No matter the cause. Hope fades if the Lord not redeeming. But he is full of love!

Salvation brings us to know and be known by the living God. We see this as pleading that leads to perspective.

Perseverance Psalm 130 vs 4-5But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope. 

Biblical waiting is active waiting. It's perseverance, its mindfulness and filling our mind's up with what is true. Biblical waiting flows out of being redeemed. Romans 5 talks about our hope and perseverance through our sufferings.

Biblical waiting and perseverance is a long obedience in the same direction.

What if we saw trials and waiting as gifts in our life?

One example is Abraham sleeping with one of Sarah's servants in the book of Genesis. They wanted a child and this is not what God wanted for them at the time.

Waiting on God is not waiting without God. We can often think silence is a lack of care but silence doesn't mean absence. God is with us. Waiting is never a waist.

We are not in control but we know who is!

Proclamation Psalm 130 vs 6 -7 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

So far, we have hope and we can wait. With our God there is plentiful redemption. 

If you've been waiting now or in the future this is why we need community. We need each other to remind us to hold on and to hold fast.

Jesus died for us so this pain we are feeling now wouldn't be the end.

What have you been waiting on from the Lord?