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Don't Waste Your Wait

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Isaiah 40:31 is a familiar scripture about waiting, but it is not the only one. Many other scriptures throughout the Bible tell us to wait because God cares about our waiting. Often the scriptures tell us to wait patiently on the Lord. Therefore, we should be confident in our waiting. We should trust God in our waiting. And we should not waste our wait.

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Most of us don't like to wait for anything or anyone, but it is something we must do every single day and many times throughout the day. We hate waiting because we can't make things happen before their time. Therefore, we have no other choice but to wait. We feel helpless, but we don't have to be hopeless. We don't have to waste our wait.

Waiting: A Way of Life

Waiting is a way of life. From the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night, we would have waited over a dozen or more times. People can't get their first cup of coffee without waiting for it to brew. or your slice of toast until it pops up out of the toaster. They even have to wait three minutes for an egg to boil. These are just some of the small things that people have to wait for, and they haven't even left home yet.

We have to wait for things that operate on a schedule such as buses, trains and airplanes. Recently, ubers have been added to the list. We have to wait at red traffic lights and in traffic jams.

We have to wait for our favorite television program to air. We wait in long lines in stores to pay for our purchases especially when there is a sale or during major shopping days.

Waiting in Restaurants

Waiting is a given in restaurants. That's why they have waiters and waitresses to serve those who wait for their food to be cooked and served.

There is a long list of things we have to wait for whether we want to or not. While waiting is not a pleasure, there are some things we can do to make waiting a lot easier.

People waiting at the bus stop

People waiting at the bus stop

When you go to the doctor, there is a waiting room for patients to wait. The expectation is for you to wait patiently along with other until your name is called. You have probably seen some people twisting and turning in their seats, patting their feet, and sighing while they wait.

The wait wouldn't seem as long if you people would pick up a magazine to read or do something constructive while they wait. It is a great place and time to meditate on some issue or to journal while they wait. Time is valuable, so they shouldn't waste their wait.

Biblical People Who Waited

We are not the only ones who had to wait. The Bible is full of examples of people who had to wait for something.

Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the son God promised them. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old when their wait was over.

Joseph was sold into slavery when he was 17 years old. He was not released until he was 30. He never gave up during the time he was waiting in prison for something he didn't do. He served God and didn't waste his wait.

Moses was working in the desert tending Jethro's sheep when his wait was over when God called him to be a deliverer. His wait corresponded with the Hebrews who had waited as slaves in Egypt for 430 years. Then they had to wait another 40 years before they entered the promised land.

David was anointed king long before he was allowed to sit on the throne, but he did not waste his wait.

Zechariah and Elizabeth were devout people who waited to have a son. When their wait was over, John the Baptist was born to be the forerunner of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit promised Simeon he wouldn't die until he saw the baby Jesus. It was a long time coming, but he was able to see Jesus before he died. Anna waited and worshipped in the temple night and day and she also got to see Jesus.

When Jesus ascended in the cloud, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit. They were all together in one place and the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost in just ten days. They were praying and worshiping God. For you see, they did not waste their wait.

And now we wait.

What Are You Waiting For Today?

Everybody is waiting for something.

  • a new job?
  • a job promotion?
  • a retirement date?
  • a good doctor's report?
  • a mate?

You must be waiting for something. If you are not, then you should be. There is something we all are waiting for. There is something we all are looking forward to happening. We wait for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, we don't sit down in a rocking chair and do nothing while we wait.

We can serve in the Kingdom of God. The Bible says the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37). We can pray and praise God for the return of Jesus. We can worship God along with reading and studying His word. While we wait, we can also evangelize others so they can be ready when Jesus comes.

Don't waste your wait. Why not? Because they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.

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