Waiting for God

Carlo Mendoza 

"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him."  Isaiah 30:18

Not too long ago, I visited the pharmacy for a prescription refill. This was actually my second visit in no less than two days since there was an error made concerning which pharmacy the prescription was to be filled. When it was my turn at the pick-up window, I found out I had to wait even longer as the prescription wasn’t ready yet; needless to say, I was not in the most pleasant of moods. With arms crossed I walked away huffing and took a seat in the waiting room. As I sat there, I started to become convicted about my sour attitude and God began adjusting it from being impatient for having to wait, to being thankful because I had access to medicine that many others didn’t.

Once the attitude adjustment was made, my first instinct was to pull out my phone, but I refrained from doing so and instead started to scan the room. I happened to notice several people staring at their phones, one person intently gazing into space, and two friends laughing and smiling as they waited. That’s when it hit me, I wasn’t alone either! God was with me this whole time; after all, He was the one who revealed and corrected my sinful attitude.

As I began to silently pray for those in the waiting room, no sooner was I interrupted by the pharmacist calling my name. I left the pharmacy with more than a refilled prescription that day. I was also reminded about God’s constant and personal presence, not only in my life, but also in the lives of all of His children.

In the Scripture above, the people of God had once again turned away from following Him and as a result they were now in danger of a mounting Assyrian invasion. However, instead of turning back to God and consulting Him about what to do next, they took matters into their own hands and tried to petition Pharaoh to have Egypt protect them. Let’s read God’s response to this foolish decision:

“Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance,but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin."  Isaiah 30:1

As believers, even when we make ill-advised choices, God is still with us. Sometimes He is waiting for us to turn from our sin and return to Him (Luke 15:20) and sometimes we end up waiting on Him to act on our behalf (Psalm 40:1). Certain statistics say that the average person will spend several years waiting in life; whether it’s waiting in a line, waiting in traffic, waiting for transportation, waiting for a response, or waiting on God. During these times of delay, know that God is always with you and remember...you are waiting with God!

While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race even while I wait - John Waller

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