There are times when following God is not providing the return on investment that we desire. We feel like we are following the correct “recipes for spiritual success,” but we seem to be getting into more trouble than flourishing. If following Jesus were as simple as baking a cake, we would be fine; however, our God is vastly complex. His decisions are beyond human understanding.
“My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?” Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?” (Psa. 119:81-84, NIV)
The psalmist experienced similar tribulations. He was following the recipe, but God had not moved in the manner that the songwriter had expected. In his anguish, he cries to the Almighty for sweet relief. Waiting for God is far from pleasant.
Something special happens in our lives when we are willing to wait for God rather than looking for some other relief. In these difficult seasons, our spiritual maturity skyrockets. We are transformed into hardened Christian Warriors. Dark discouraging days become our sweetest moments of VICTORY!
““But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’” (Matt. 25:10-12, NIV)
Beloved, I can empathize with your discomfort. Although these words may seem hollow, during incredible suffering, I will offer this insight. Like the psalmist, we must willingly defer to the Lord’s timing. We must act like the wise virgins who did not become discouraged when the bridegroom failed to arrive during the expected hour. I am certain that the psalmist and the wise virgins were happy that they waited.
Jesus, we look forward to the day You return for us. Waiting is difficult, but You are definitely worth the wait! Help us to persevere until that day. In Your name we pray. Amen!