I can’t tell you how many tImes I’ve heard someone say, “I hate waiting!”. Actually I’ve said it myself numerous times, and I wasn’t lying. I hate stoplights, lines, appointments, and things that keep me from my plans. I’m not proud of my impatience—just telling it like it is. Although I have to confess that I ought to be more mature, I need to be honest about this. Too many times I’m like the fellow who prayed, “Lord give me patience, right now”. But when we wait on the Lord it is always worth the wait– the time is never wasted. James Smith wrote:
“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works; but He is especially benevolent, kind, and attentive to the praying, waiting soul. He has prepared of His goodness for the poor, and His goodness is ever great towards us. He bids us ask, promises to bestow, makes us wait, and then blesses us indeed. We have proved Him to be good; but if we had more faith in Him, and were more earnest with Him, we should see and enjoy His goodness in a much greater degree. He delivered David from the horrible pit; Jeremiah from the dungeon; Daniel from the lions; Peter from the waves; and Paul from the forty Jews. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” He will renew our strength, illumine our path, take vengeance on our foes, and introduce us into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Let us wait for Him in faith, look for Him in hope, and plead with Him to work in us all the good pleasure of His will, and the work of faith with power. Wait for the Lord and prove Him good.”
Jesus, preserve my soul from sin,
Nor let me faint for want of Thee;
I’ll wait till Thou appear within,
And plant Thy heavenly love in me;
In every soul that waits for Thee,
Thou wilt Thy goodness, Lord, display.