I Want my Burger…NOW

I hate to wait.

I’m such an American. I want my burger now. I don’t even want to get out of my car for it. When I was raising kids I wanted them to be godly by the time they were two. After all, I had so many things to do….

But the Bible tells us it’s good to wait on God. Lamentations 3:24-26 says,

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,”therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Why is it good for believers to wait on the Lord?

One reason is because it humbles us. Waiting reminds us that the Lord is the center of the universe, not us. Waiting reminds us that we are dependent upon God and we must abide by his gracious will and timing. Waiting underscores our need for God. He controls all and we don’t have control over anything.

Once when traveling in Pittsburgh, I hit every red light on one particular stretch of thoroughfare. As I got impatient and frustrated, I remembered a question someone said we should ask ourselves when we’re angry or tempted to anger: “What is it that you want that you aren’t getting?” I thought, “Well, I guess I want every light to turn green before I get to it. Actually I want all creation to serve me and my plans. Which in essence means I want to be God.” Pretty frightening, huh? I’m glad God is so patient with me. In his goodness to me, he regularly reminds me that I am but a tiny speck of dust who owes his complete existence to his Creator. Waiting can humble us, reminding us that we are creatures, dependent on God.

Waiting on the Lord is good because it humbles us.

The servant waits for the master, not vice-versa. Servants wait for the master to tell them what to do; they don’t give the orders. Waiting reminds us that we’re servants.

Waiting for God is an act of humility, telling God that he’s the only one who can help, provide, heal, strengthen and guide us.

So if you’re waiting on God for something, that ‘s good, because waiting can humble us, and God gives grace to the humble. Why not thank him right now for your circumstances, and praise him that he is your sovereign King?

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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