Wait for It
weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - October 18, 2022
If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people. - Charles Spurgeon
I always take a book to the doctor’s office. Too many times I’ve waited and waited for a long-delayed appointment. One time, a doctor apologized and explained that another patient had experienced a very serious medical crisis and that he needed to stay with him until the poor man was stabilized and admitted to the hospital. That changed my perspective.
Waiting is a pain, but it becomes more tolerable when we realize our delay benefits someone else.
Our brothers and sisters in the Early Church greeted each other with the Aramaic saying, “Maranatha” – Come, O Lord. During their persecution, fears, and struggles, they longed for Jesus’ return, as we do today. They waited expectantly, hoping Jesus would come back soon and set things right.
Peter understood their frustration and explained the situation well to his readers, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
The “delay” we experience allows more people the opportunity to respond to Christ’s offer of forgiveness and establish a relationship with Him. So we wait patiently, knowing that at the proper time, Maranatha will become reality.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc