|I wait for you, O Lord, you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15
Have you ever had a cup of the coffee they serve in hotel hallways or lobbies? Early in the morning, the people at the front desk put a pot of coffee out on a little table with powdered creamers next to some Styrofoam cups. It’s not the best-tasting stuff-and may have been sitting there for hours. Sometimes when I’m traveling, I’ll spot the coffee, sniff the aroma, and often I’m tempted to scarf down a cup. If I’m in a hurry, I’m thinking less about quality and more about caffeine!
Ah, but if I know there’s a gourmet coffee kiosk at the airport… serving up a fresh ground heavenly brew, then I say, “Hmmm, I think I can wait a half hour.” I know it will pay off. I think of that which is higher quality. It takes a little self-control, and it means putting pleasure on hold… but I do it in anticipation of an even greater pleasure on the horizon.
This is at least some of what it means to “wait on the Lord.” Waiting on God does not mean passive indifference-hanging around and doing nothing. It has more to do with saying “no” to impulsive, spur-of-the-moment actions or decisions, and by so doing, saying “yes” to something you know will satisfy much better on down the line. Those who have not yet learned how to wait on the Lord may tend to indulge in something immediate that only half satisfies. But Christians who have fostered a degree of self-control –Christians who know God better — don’t mind putting pleasure on hold. They know something better is brewing down the line.
God is always worth waiting for. Take time to be still before Him, seeking His mind and His desire for your day… and all your tomorrows.
Lord, I praise you for what Peter called your “precious and magnificent promises.” I wait on you today, believing what you have planned for me is so much better than what I could ever grab for myself.