Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27: 14

 

We live in a time of waiting. Much of it can be irritating or even infuriating. Most people today don’t have much tolerance for marking time or taking a number in order to be allowed to spend our money, and we really dislike sitting in a line of cars while a dumb light controls our schedule. Time is valuable and redeeming it is a goal that is high on the lists in our day planners. Strangely, God would agree with both of those ideas.

 

For Him every second counts. There are none that should be wasted; yet, none of them are without value in the Lord’s view of redemption. People have been called upon by God to wait since our earliest days. Our hearts are anxious, restless, and easily drawn toward whatever seems to promise joy or satisfaction. In the face of this God tells us to be still and know that He is God. Our allegiance is readily drawn away from all that is holy and eternal toward such earthly things as nation and cause, and God says to wait for the Kingdom of God is at hand. We live in a time and a place in history where proclaiming Christ is ridiculed or persecuted, and in the face of the same personal assault Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

 

Our world is a between place. It is battered and distorted by forces that are contending for its control. People seem hell-bent on using violence as a means to gain power and dominion while they utterly destroy the lands that they seek to rule. Others use all manner of weapons in an attempt to achieve even a moment’s feeling of superiority or prominence. Yet, regardless of whether they are using words, emotion, or guns to seek their ends, the result is chaos and defeat for all involved. All of this marks out the trajectory of the ever-tightening spiral of a world that is in need of redemption. So, God tells us to wait for Him. We are to be strong in our faith, and we can stand courageous in the face of anything for Christ is with us now. We can also trust in the future for Christ is coming to redeem it all. This is the truth that frees us from the pressures of time, for this is the assurance of the God of all Creation