“The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves. Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes. The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.” Prov 13:5-9
Sometimes it seems like God is running late. What’s the deal? Why is He making us wait? Why is He allowing this delay? Steve Farrar writes, “waiting is like eating gravel. Nobody in their right mind wants to do it.”
In our Proverb this morning we read, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”Hope deferred can cause our faith to waiver or cause us to lean to our own understanding and try to “help God” by creating our own path to what we’re hoping for.
Can you think of a time when you tried to hurry something up and you ended up messing it up? Patience can be hard to have when you’re waiting for something or someone. Sometimes it seems like God is running late. Seriously…sometimes we all wonder what’s going on. What’s the deal? Why is He making us wait? Why is He allowing this delay? I mean…with a single word (probably just a look or a thought)…He could make what we’re hoping for happen…but that’s not usually what happens…is it? But we all know…Delays are inevitable. Waiting is a part of life.
A man was visiting a local department store with his wife. They had just purchased an item of luggage and a new cooler. As he was waiting for his wife to finish the rest of her shopping…he dragged the suitcase and cooler around while looking for somewhere to sit. Soon he saw an empty bench in the shoe department. As he sat down, the salesman asked if he could be of assistance. “No, thank you,” the man replied, “I’m just waiting for my wife.” At that point, a man seated on the bench across from him said, “I’m waiting for my wife too…but I never thought of bringing a lunch and overnight bag with me!”
In what situations are you most impatient? When is waiting the hardest? If you travel for a living, you will know that waiting at airports goes with the territory. You are waiting to clear your carry-on bags. You wait on delayed planes. You wait on delayed pilots and crew. You wait on carry-on bags in the jetway. You wait on checked bags. You wait on your ride to pick you up. Just when thought the waiting game is over, it starts back at your hotel the next morning. You wait on the airport shuttle because to save gas they’re using small compact cars that only seat 2-3 people.
You never have to wait on God’s timing, it is always perfect. Take it from an impatient pastor, God never wastes our time. He is always working His will for your life and mine. Pray for more patience. Pray for God’s patience in the waiting rooms of your life. Pray for NewLife Gathering this morning. God’s got this!