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I chuckle to myself when I see these infomercials. The advertisers build their offering to a fever pitch, urging their listeners to buy immediately. Caught up at the moment for a product you just have to buy, you start to whip out your credit card when you hear those words, BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Those words come to mind as I think about how we’re told to wait while expecting God to make good on his guarantees. We can all relate to those times when our patience has worn a little thin so that, instead of waiting to see what we’re going to get, we’d rather take action now and not one second later. For example, we say a prayer then jump up wanting our prayer answered instantly.
When we get all caught up in the moment and start to call in our order to the Lord above, we would be wise to remember the patience of Job. Job suffered in ways we cannot imagine: Loss of loved ones, physical pain, personal rejection and isolation.
We can picture him in a black-and-white setting as he woefully opines, “My days are past, my plans are torn apart, even the wishes of my heart,” (Job 17:11, New American Standard Bible, NASB). He could have thrown up his hands and tossed in the towel. If there would have been any way for him to buy some handy dandy product that would relieve him of his suffering and bring instant gratification, he would not have hesitated one moment to make that call.
Yet Job knew that everything was in God hands. He was fully aware that the God who gives and takes away (Job 1:20-22; 2:10) is the God who also restores and fulfils his promises in his own time (Job 19:23-27). Black and white will turn to living colour when God removes all suffering and death on that Day (Rev. 21:4). So, while there were times when Job might have given in to the bad advice of his wife (Job 2:9), or bought into the false accusations of his friends, or drowned in his own sorrows, that Voice was telling his conscience: BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
And there’s more for those of us who wait, as well. In the New Testament, James refers to patience in the face of suffering (James 5:10) and then says, “We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful (5:11, NASB). If we want to invest in the best then we can be rest assured that God has a deal no one else can provide.
Here are some more verses to claim when your patience wears a little thin and you can’t seem to wait any longer:
& Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord, will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
& Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”
& Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”
& Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
& Psalm 62:1 “My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation.”
& Psalm 103:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.”
& Philippians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Good News to you!