We live in a “Can’t Wait” world. Our ancestors waited weeks for mail that crossed the Atlantic on ships. Now we send messages to almost anywhere in the world and receive an immediate reply. We can purchase almost anything over the Internet and receive it the next day. We are being taught to assume that not waiting is better than waiting.
To the extent we embrace that mentality, we lose touch with one of God’s greatest character-building tools: waiting on Him. Most of the people God used significantly went through periods of waiting. The Old Testament has many references to waiting on the Lord, especially during trials. Waiting on the Lord in marriage may be one of the most challenging tests. If we think our spouse needs to change, we are tempted to want that change now and to say so. The alternative is to commit that need to the Lord and wait upon Him. It sometimes escapes us that the waiting might be for our benefit; God’s best work may be in us, not our spouse.
Instead of saying, “I can’t wait,” get in the habit of saying, “I can wait—on the Lord.”
A Single Thought: Waiting for an answer to prayer is often part of the answer. John Blanchard
Recommended Reading: Lamentations 3:25-26