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We live in a culture of instant gratification. We loathe waiting…. From waiting in line at the grocery store to waiting on our kids to find their shoes…even waiting for our Instagram feed to load. In our society, we are used to getting what we want when we want. We put so much emphasis on control and productivity and when we have to stop our lives for a few minutes before receiving our morning coffee through the drive-thru window we feel a loss of both. And in our small, controlled, productive-driven lives, frankly, waiting feels like wasted time. Ain’t nobody got time for that. However, our God is not small. He’s not productive-driven, and He’s not controlled by time. Our timeless God sees waiting in a different light.

We reap in a different season than we sow.  We feel that we were created to spend our time in productivity rather than in waiting. But waiting is an extremely biblical concept. There are countless verses on it. The Bible refers to our waiting as “seasons” or “due time.” Galatians 6:9 says “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap {a harvest} if we do not grow weary.” In waiting you are producing your harvest, and any farmer knows that a harvest is anything but instant, because we reap in a different season than we sow.

We were created to wait. As unnatural and unfulfilling as waiting seems, in all actuality, we as Christians on this earth were created to wait. We have been given the promise of Heaven…of Eternity. We have been saved by grace and been made righteous and blameless (Ephesians 2:8). And, even in all our sin, God sees us as that already when we have accepted His free gift of salvation! (Ephesians 1:4). James 5:7-8 says, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

In the waiting you are not only producing a harvest, but you are growing stronger. God gives us all seasons of waiting. Whether we are waiting on a diagnosis, waiting on a job, or waiting through infertility, we often feel that God is holding out on us. In Isaiah 40:31 is says, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” I believe we grow stronger when we wait because that’s what we were meant to do. Wait for Jesus, wait for Heaven. When we are in a place of waiting, it feels like a desert of unknown. We feel we are in a place that is not our “home.” We feel incomplete – much like Christians in this world, waiting to go Home – waiting for completion.

David writes about waiting in Psalm 37:13-14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” David knows a thing or two about waiting. David was the youngest and least impressive of his brothers. He tended sheep. However, Samuel anointed David as God’s choice for king while King Saul was still in power. There was a ceremony to anoint David, but after that not much changed. He went back to tending sheep. It would not be until years later that David would become King. We can learn a lot from David when we look at his time in waiting. The Spirit of the Lord was with him. God already saw him as King. Remember, God is timeless, so He sees beyond the waiting. In 2 Samuel 3:1 it says that during this time in waiting, “David was growing stronger and the house of Saul was becoming weaker.” Instead of growing impatient, David was secure in his identity, trusted in God’s promise, and was already living like he was King. He is even referred by the people during this time as king (with a lowercase ”k”). He took on the character of a leader and invested in his future identity as King with a capital “K.” And through this waiting, God made him stronger, transforming him from a meek shepherd into to a strong leader.

After the waiting comes rest. While David was waiting to become King, he had many enemies. King Saul sent people out to kill David out of jealousy. When he became King, God provided a physical place (cedar house) for David to live and struck down his enemies, giving him rest. Doesn’t this parallel what God promises us? He is building a place for us in Heaven. A physical place. He will strike down our enemies and wipe away our sin, sorrows, and sickness, and we will have ultimate rest. It takes a new spin on the saying, “the REST is yet to come.”

As long as we are in this world, we are to view ourselves as God sees us. The timeless God, who sees beyond the waiting, views us as righteous and complete. Our identity is in Eternity and we are to live as the righteous and blameless eternal beings we are, even in the waiting for Heaven. Just so, in seasons of waiting, we can look forward to what God is doing. How is He using this time to not only produce a harvest, but to strengthen us from “king” to “King.”  Although we can’t see past the waiting, God can and has already freed you from it. Wait with an eternal perspective, thanking Him in advance for working it out for good (Romans 8:28). Although the good may not be what you would choose, trust that it is good in the Eternal sense. Don’t grow weary in the waiting, for the rest is yet to come.

Lauren Scurry

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