The Object of Our Waiting
Last Friday, I attended a youth fellowship group where the speaker talked about waiting. I have female friends who are also discussing waiting (for the right person, I assume) in a women’s Bible study group. Then I have friends who are sharing their thoughts on waiting. So let me give my own take on waiting. But I’ll do it in a different approach. I’ll be attempting to answer this question: Why do we find it hard to wait, and sometimes even fail at it?
When I talk about waiting, I can’t help but turn to this verse:
14Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14; see also 31:24)
So whom shall we wait for? Or what or who shall be the object of our waiting? Answer: The Lord!
Oftentimes, the object of our waiting is anything but the Lord. It could be a spouse, a job promotion, a business deal, or the freedom from the troubles of life. But any object of waiting that is not the Lord won’t have lasting sustaining power to keep us enduring during the hard season of waiting. Thus, we find it difficult to wait, and sadly even fail at it.
God as the Object of Our Waiting
So why should we make God the object of our waiting? It’s because God can give us fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 19:11). It means that He is infinitely satisfying and is worth waiting for. I can imagine a little child waiting for his parents, who had promised him a gallon of his favorite chocolate ice cream, to come home. When the parents arrive, he gets the ice cream and indulges himself to the satisfaction of his sweet tooth. For him, it was definitely worth the wait.
Moreover, God is like the treasure in the field in which a man found. And the man, in his joy, sold all that he had, bought that field, and possessed the treasure (see Matthew 13:44).
And He is like the pearl of great value in which a merchant found and did the same as the man above did (see vv.45-46).
In other words, God is so infinitely valuable that everything else becomes worthless in comparison. He is worth forsaking everything else in order to have Him. Thus, if He is worth forsaking everything else, He is definitely worth waiting for.
God, then, must be the object of our waiting. This will help us endure the difficult days of waiting.
Be Strong and Take Courage
I may sound like I’m saying that waiting, with God as the object of it, becomes easy from now on. I’m not suggesting that. Waiting will remain difficult.
Yet it is only when we make God the object of our waiting that the second half of Psalm 27:14 makes sense: “Be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Yes, waiting is hard work. But we must be strong and courageous, because the object of our waiting, God Himself, is truly worth the wait.
Waiting for Something Must be Waiting for God
You may ask: What is the connection of waiting for a spouse, or a job promotion, or a business deal, or a restoration of a relationship, or deliverance from a sickness, or freedom from any trouble in life, and waiting for God?
The answer is this: When we get what we are waiting for, we don’t simply rejoice about it and stop there. We go further. Because God is now the true object of our waiting, and not anything else, we rejoice ultimately in God! The very things that we are waiting for becomes a pointer to God.
So let God be the object of all our waiting.