“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5
Do you feel like everytime you fly to a destination, the airlines have made up a new early-boarding category? “Welcome aboard First Class! Now we invite Executive Platinum, Business VIP, CapitalOne cardmembers, Preferred Priority, anyone with the name Eloise because it sounds fancy…” The list goes on and on. Before you know it, you’re looking around and 75% of the passengers have boarded before Group 1 is even called. So not only have we paid hundreds of dollars for a cramped seat and a bag of pretzels, but additional fees to make sure we are able to get seated BEFORE everyone else. It never fails to surprise me.
We now live in a on-demand society where the hi-speed internet is never hi-speed enough, Amazon packages are delivered the same day, and Sonic drive-INs have drive-THRUs. When we want something and cannot get it fast enough, we often complain and demand to get our way. We may even give up and move on if what we want cannot be quickly gratified. It’s Veruca Salt syndrome. “Wait” is a not word we want to be told. Yet, many times the Bible instructs us to wait on God for the right timing.
Waiting on God means patiently looking to Him for what we need. In Psalm 62, David recognized why he had to wait on the Lord. Since he knew that his salvation came from the Lord, no one else was capable of delivering him. His only hope was in God (v.5), for God alone hears our prayers (v.8).
Our prayers often revolve around asking God to hurry up and bless what we want to do. But what if God’s answer to us is simply, “Be patient. Wait upon Me”? We should learn to pray like David: “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Ps. 5:3). We can trust His response, even if it doesn’t come in the time we expect. And in those prayers we can say with a full and faithful heart, “Your will be done.”