Summary: Patience is a virtue, possesses it if you can. Found seldom in a woman, but never in a man.
Hunters wait for the kill
Pregnant women wait 9 months for the birth
Husbands wait on their wives while they shop
Kids who have been bad wait on their dad to get home
Teenagers can hardly wait until they can drive
Somebody estimates most of us spend from 45-62 minutes waiting on something every single day. That includes waiting for the light to turn green, waiting at the drive-thru, waiting for a cashier, waiting for the nurse to say the doctor will see you now, waiting for geek squad to fix your computer (Scratch that, waiting just to take your computer to fix it), waiting for the mechanic to fix your car, waiting on the barber/beautician to finish your hair, waiting for the kids to finish practice.
Psalm 27:14-Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 62:5-6-My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
Lamentations 3:25-The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
Abraham is 75 years old and still has to wait 24 years to have Isaac.
Israel had to wait 400 years to leave Egypt.
Moses had to wait 40 years to bring them to the promise land.
People waited generation after generation, for the Messiah to come.
And we wait!!! We wait thru trials and tribulations, we wait for God to move in our life and we also wait to be with Him forever!
Romans 8:18-25-For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Paul says while we’re waiting for God to set everything right, we suffer.
Romans 5:3-5-And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
What that means is that biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.
Patience is a virtue, possesses it if you can.
Found seldom in a woman, but never in a man.
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer once created a strip depicting a man walking down a road. Coming to an intersection, the man encounters a wise man sitting at the junction. The traveler asks the wise man, "Which way is success?" The guru speaks not a word but motions to his left. The man rushes off in this direction and suddenly in the distance there is a loud "SPLAT." Eventually the man reappears. He is stunned and staggering. Thinking he misunderstood, he repeats his question to the guru. Again the guru says nothing but points to his left. Once again the man dutifully heeds the wise man's instructions. Once again after he disappears from sight, an ear-splitting "SPLAT" is heard. When the man returns he is crawling. His clothes are tattered and he is bleeding. He approaches the wise man, "I asked you which way is success," he screams. "I followed the direction you indicated. And all I got was splatted! No more of this pointing! Talk!" The sage finally breaks his silence and calmly replies, "Success is that way. Just a little past splat."
What (Waiting on the Lord) is not!
Biblical waiting is not passive waiting around for something or someone to come along that will allow you to escape from your trouble. People sometimes say “I’m just waiting on the Lord” as an excuse not to face up to reality, take appropriate action, or own up to their responsibility.
I’ve heard of people with horrible financial habits—impulsive spending or refusal to save money—get into a huge money mess and say, “We’re waiting on the Lord to provide.”