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Letter from our Board Chair

WAITING ON GOD SHARPENS CHARACTER!

 

We live in an instant, fast-paced world. We thrive on being in control. We have been taught to resolve issues, be in control, take the initiative to make things happen and achieve results. To accomplish all this we must be in action, doing what is necessary to achieve goals.

Our jobs make demands of us and we have to accomplish tasks. Our families create responsibilities that we are obliged to attend to. Friends and our many activities push us faster and further into more busyness. From all of this activity our bodies have been geared for action.

If this is the case, how do we handle the long line-ups at a cashier? What about waiting in line to enter an event? Or, waiting to get in to see your doctor? Many people struggle with waiting as it can be such an emotional drain. We yearn for instant solutions and answers and find it challenging should we have to wait.

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Yet the God who is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent sometimes makes us wait. When praying we know that God will answer our prayers with a “Yes”, “No”, or “Wait”. That is His choice and He has used it throughout the Scriptures.

-Abraham had to wait twenty-four years before having a child so he could have many descendants and become a great nation.

-The Jewish slaves in Egypt had to wait four hundred years before they were set free through the Exodus.

-The Israelites had to wait forty years before moving into the Promised Land.

-David had to wait to become the king of Israel.

 

Consider Joseph’s life:

-He was mistreated by his brothers and thrown into a pit.

-He was sold into slavery.

-He was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

 

In those experiences Joseph waited: days passed into weeks, weeks into months and finally years. Joseph waited thirteen years until God raised him up to play a key role in Egypt’s famine. During much of the time Joseph waited. But unknown to Joseph, God was busy orchestrating things in the background to happen at the right time. During the waiting, Joseph’s hunger and yearning for God matured. God never abandoned Joseph even though Joseph may have thought He had. Joseph’s life of waiting shows us how to wait on God!

 

There are times in our lives when we experience God’s waiting-room and we wonder if it will ever end.

-We wait for medical tests or results.

-We wait for a love one to pass from this world into eternity.

-We wait to hear about a job.

-We wait to hear from loved ones.

-We wait for a child to overcome a difficulty at school.

 

No doubt there are many reasons that God has for making us wait. It could be due to our own rebellion and resisting of His grace. It could be to rekindle our enthusiasm for Him. It could be to teach us lessons that aid us in maturing spiritually. It could be to slow down and cherish a relationship. It could be that God is waiting for our will to be in sync with His will. What is God trying to teach us during the waiting period? Through this time we must seek Him, trust him, have faith in Him and be obedient to Him then He will be able to achieve what He wants in us. We really need to listen to God and keep Him at the centre of our lives so He can accomplish what He wants within us. John Ortberg states that, “What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for.”

 

We need to wait to hear from God to guide us.

Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait  in expectation. (Ps. 5:3)

 

We need to trust God in what He is doing.

The Lord works out everything for his own ends …”  (Prov. 16:4a)

 

Each one of us experience and face different circumstances that will force us to learn to wait. How are we doing? May we wait patiently for God to answer our prayers! Additional Bible verses from the NASB that focus on waiting.

O my God, in Thee I trust… Indeed, none of those who wait for Thee will be ashamed.” (Ps. 25:2-3)

 

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes wait for the Lord.” (Ps. 27:14)

 

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” (Ps. 62:5-6)

 

The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.” (Ps. 147:11)

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength, They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

… And you will know that I am the Lord; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 49:23)

 

In His Service,

Bob White, Board Chair