TRUST: Ready, Set...Wait?
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Today we’re talking about waiting….something we all LOVE to do;).
In our last lesson about Lazarus, we learned that Jesus delayed action BECAUSE He loved the family. This revelation really impacted me because waiting often causes us to feel like the complete opposite is true.
Waiting is not fun, but it’s a part of life we can’t get away from - we’re always waiting on something.
During our adolescence we’re waiting to become a teenager. When we’re teenagers, we’re waiting to be able to drive, to graduate high school, and to become an adult. When we’re young adults, we’re waiting to finish college, to meet “the one,” and to get on with the rest of our lives.
From then on it’s one season of waiting after another: waiting to get married, to land the perfect job, to complete higher levels of education, for children, financial stability, career goals, or dreams to come true. Even when we are living in seasons of fulfilled desires, there are other (unfulfilled) desires we are still waiting on.
We’re waiting until the end of our days. This year I watched my grandmother, who loved God with all her heart, waiting on her death bed until the moment she would open her eyes in the presence of her Savior.
Obviously sometimes our situations of waiting are more emotionally intense - waiting through a health crisis, waiting on a child to come back to God, or waiting for the pain to lessen when suffering from tragedy or trauma.
The concept of waiting is too broad to ever imagine we could address it all in a single blog post. But one thing I’ve realized in studying for this lesson is that waiting always goes hand-in-hand with our desires. If we don’t desire to get married, then we’re not waiting for it. If we don’t desire to have children, then we’re not waiting for them. If we don’t desire a certain dream, then we’re not waiting for it to unfold.
This is the kind of waiting we’re going to focus on today - delayed dreams and desires. That’s why I’ve titled this lesson “Ready, Set...Wait?” We usually feel like we’re ready to run LONG before God says “go.”
Waiting is the place where our desires become intermingled with God’s timing.
We mentioned this briefly in the first lesson, but one thing we can know for sure is that when we are seeking God we can trust our desires are from Him.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
To delight ourselves in the Lord is to find our pleasure in relationship with Him. The Hebrew word translated delight here actually means “to be soft, delicate.” When we love and seek God, we become pliable to being shaped by Him. He shapes our desires in order to accomplish His purposes!
In the Old Testament, there is one word for “wait” which is used more than any other. It is the Hebrew word “qavah,” and it means all of these things: