“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”.
Ps 37:7 NIV
It is difficult to wait patiently for God. We want to be up and doing. We like to think of ourselves as men or women of action. What is more, we have the responsibility to sort out the mess, to put things right, to express our mind, and to solve all the problems. There is no time to lose. We have a chance to make a name for ourselves, to go places, and seize the moment.
The psalmist looked at it all from the vantage point of faith. The world was God’s. He knew its pain and its problems. He saw the struggles of human beings. And he recognized that it was not the human race’s calling to take over and try to play God. It is not in the nature of human beings to let things unfold as God orders them but the way of faith is to trust in God believing that he will work his sovereign will in his own good time and in his own perfect way. It is further to work with God as and how he directs. But we are his servants. We do not order God about. And sometimes God works his purposes out very slowly. Then we have to “hold our horses” and bide our time.
We Christian believers have to do the same. We want to bring in the kingdom, preferably today. But there are times when we are called to wait patiently on God. In those times, we need to pray, to try to see things from God’s perspective, and to remember that the kingdom is not ours to bring in – it is his and he will bring it in as and when he will.
Lord, help me to wait patiently for you.