It better be good because the wait seems like FOREVER
Reference: v.22 The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
in its time I will do this swiftly. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The only thing more excruciating than waiting for Christmas, as a child, was waiting for your birthday! My birthday is on the 25th day of September. As soon as September ticked over I knew my birthday was near.
I would start thinking of what presents I would desire, what food I could choose for my special dinner, and what games we would play at the party. However, the wait until the end of the month was so frustrating!
I don’t know if you remember, but waiting for half an hour as a child seemed to take an eternity, imagine what it was like waiting for 25 days to pass!!
As I lived for over three weeks in agony my mother would always say, “Good things come to those who wait.” I always thought, ‘It better be good because the wait seems like FOREVER!’
Sure enough, I would survive to see my birthday arrive and much fun would be had.
Application: I am still the type of person who struggles to wait for things… particularly when it comes to waiting on God. If I can see the date ahead of me, the wait is just bearable, but nothing is worse than waiting for something when you don’t know its exact time of arrival.
Isaiah spoke to God’s people about a Saviour, a light, a blessing coming to them in the future. When this redemption occurred their lives would be so much more prosperous.
The trouble with a prophet is they don’t always speak of the timeline. There was no date scheduled, God had not flagged it in their google calendar, and they could not contact the courier to track its delivery!
When God decides to move, He moves swiftly… we just don’t always know when the movement will happen. What we do know, however, is that God moves when the time is right. We just need to have the faith that God knows what is best for us.
Prayer: Lord, I get so impatient waiting. However, I can see from past experience that there is much to be learned during the time of waiting. May I respect Your timing and be open to discover more about You – in the delivery as well as in the waiting period. Amen.
What are you waiting for? What does this period of waiting teach you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.