One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Hannah and the birth of Samuel. Everyday Hannah had to deal with the ridicule of her husbands second wife because Hannah was childless. She was her husband’s first wife and he loved her dearly but she was still considered second class because of her inability to give him a child. She waited and prayed for years before God gave her a child.
Another one of my favorite stories is the marriage of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob fell in love with Rachel the first time he saw her and his whole life was changed. He was a man who constantly found ways to deceive people or should I say to deceive his brother and father. And true he had help from his mother it didn’t take much convincing for him to steal his brother’s birthright and his blessing. But Rachel changed it all. He waited 14 years to finally marry the love of his life.
Joseph waited 13 years to see the dream God placed on his heart come true. He had to deal with being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, accused of rape, thrown into prison and forgotten about before he was promoted to a position of power and prestige.
Just like Hannah, Jacob and Rachel everyday someone somewhere is waiting. Waiting in traffic. Waiting in line. There are even rooms designed just for waiting. The question is…what do we do in the waiting?
We could become aggravated and irritated at the thought of having to wait for something we feel we deserve and we try to make things happen on our own. Sarah did. She told Abraham to sleep with her handmaid because she was tired of waiting on God to send her the child He had promised them. That never turns out well and while God can take bad situations and turn them into good a lot of the problems we have could be avoided if we just have the patience to wait.
This world has become so rushed and hurried that we have forgotten the beauty of waiting on God. It is no coincidence that patience is one of the fruits of the spirit. God knew we would need to be reminded of the importance of waiting and having patience which is why He is constantly telling us to wait on Him.
Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, wait I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:14). I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope (Psalm 130:5). And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father which, saith he, ye have heard of me (Acts 1:4). But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it (Romans 8:25).
All of these scriptures and the stories of Hannah, Jacob, and Joseph just to name a few give me hope to know that no matter what God has not forgotten about me while I’m waiting. But He does require something from me-He requires my faith, my patience and my continued desire to stay close to Him.
God will always keep His word. No matter what. He promised the children of Israel a Messiah and the world was given the gift of Jesus. So I will hold onto God’s promises and continue to wait on Him because of all the promises that have been made to me I know that those will come true.