Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14
Impatience is not the opposite of waiting. Fear is.
We fear we won’t pass the board exam, we cheat.
We fear being late for our appointment, we take the short cut in getting our driver’s license.
We fear we won’t beat the publication’s deadline, we plagiarize.
We are afraid someone else overtakes us or beat us for the promotion, we become complacent, and resigned.
We fear the company we are working for will succumb to the recession, we jumpsuit.
We fear God’s plan won’t be unveiled; we take matters on our own hands.
We fear his providence won’t meet our needs, we rely on our resumes.
We fear his healing is slow, we search for more man-made remedies.
We are afraid change will not happen in one person we love, we give up.
The wait problem is a fear problem. It is because we are afraid and not because we are impatient. We are impatient because we are fearful.
Listen to the psalmist, “Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!” He is exhorting us to wait and have courage. Be brave and wait for the LORD to act, to show us his plan in reality.
This coming advent may be the opportune time for us to face our wait problem. Jesus will come. God’s promises are true. Wait for him. Wait and be not afraid. If you have wait problem, follow the solution – take courage, be brave and wait for the LORD.