There used to be a commercial on television a while back for a ketchup brand. The camera would focus on the top of the bottle as it was tipping to pour out, the song would come on, “anticipation keeps making me wait” and it would slowly pour out. It seemed like it would never come out in the commercial as well as in real life too! These days it seems we are all waiting on or for something. When gas prices skyrocketed we waited in line for gas. At the grocery store it seems we are always waiting there. Some would say they are waiting to strike it rich, some are waiting on a sign. It seems that everything in life requires us to wait.
We have to wait until age 5 to go to kindergarten, around age 18 to acquire a driver’s license and age 65 (for some) to retire. Then again there are times in life where we don’t want to wait any longer. Throughout our life there are benchmarks that we don’t want to wait on regarding time that we associate with our ability to do things or in our own minds should be doing. Some set out to make their first million dollars by age 25 or start a family by age 30, own their own business by a certain time and the list goes on. But what happens when we don’t reach that benchmark, or meet that timeline goal? Is that failure? The economy is poor, haven’t met the right person, started that business so starting the family is put on the back burner, the timing just isn’t right. Inversely maybe the first million dollars has been made and the economy has caused you to lose it, maybe starting the family early has financially strapped you as a young family, or you have rushed into a marriage in fear or desperation of not finding the right person. Chalk it up to poor timing? At ages 5, 18 or 65 these benchmarks are set for a reason and to some degree are related to maturity, but we eagerly wait to get to each of them. Waiting! The toughest part of everything, waiting on getting that license, waiting to see if he or she will say yes, waiting to see if that “deal” is going to go through leading to financial windfalls whatever the scenario is, waiting is a requirement and it is one that each of us struggle with whether you are a believer or not.
The Bible teaches us that Joseph was 30 years old when he began serving the king of Egypt and that David was 30 years old when he became king over Judah and Jesus himself was 30 when He started His ministry. It seems like such a young age when you look at it from this perspective. Throughout the scriptures we see waiting, waiting for a sign from the Lord, wandering in the desert waiting to get into the promised land, John waiting in prison, people waiting on Jesus to heal them. Interestingly waiting is a prerequisite for so many things to come in the scriptures. However, waiting often times comes with a certain level of pain, anxiety or even suffering. John persevered in prison, those waiting for Jesus to simply say the words for healing waited anxiously for Him to arrive, the man at the healing pool waited for someone to help him into it. But what followed immediately after for those who “waited on the Lord” were blessings, blessings in their lives that were according to God’s plan for their lives.
You see the message of hope today is that God does have a plan for you, a specific unique plan that is ordained just for you. Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart I will be found by you declares the Lord and will bring you back from captivity.” The Lord declares this in His word, it is a fact it is a promise that God gives to each one of us.
What are you waiting on today, are you experiencing a time of extended waiting or uncertainty in your life? Are you calling on God because of shear desperation? Are you waiting upon the Lord for answers or direction? Are you suffering and sensing a distance from God, are you tired and weary exhausted from energy spent worrying? Is God not even a consideration as you endure the trials and challenges that you are facing today? Waiting is not a time of punishment it is a time to draw us closer to God, He is not overlooking you nor do you have to wait in a line. God is not resting and taking His time to get to you or your needs, in fact far from it. In the book of Isaiah 40:28-31 it says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary, His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” You see, God is never ending, never ceasing, never tiring and always available.
Today you can experience the everlasting God, you can place your trust in Him, the one who has a plan for your life. You can gain rest and not be weary, and you can have a renewed hope for your future. God has a plan for your life, His plan. You can seek and find Him at this very moment. When you earnestly pray these simple words with all your heart, a renewed life will begin for you: Lord, I know the challenges and struggles that I am facing in my life are a result of sin. The sin in my own life as well as the sin of mankind and I know that sin separates me from having a relationship with you. Today I want to place all my trust in you, I know that you sent your son Jesus to save me from my sins that I would have a place in your Kingdom and in your plan for my life and that placing my trust in you and only you will give me the everlasting life that your word promises, please come into my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray.