But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'”(1 Corinthians 2:9)

The word “wait” makes some people cringe. Who likes to wait? I do not know of anyone who actually enjoys waiting, whether waiting in line to purchase something, waiting on someone to return a phone call, or generally, waiting because of something out of our control. Waiting is hard work. Our culture caters to speed, not contemplation. We live in a fast paced society where convenience is king and slowness is to be avoided at all cost. This impatience can be very costly and tragic. There are more and more instances of road rage in our country, and I think the primary contributing factor is, people are getting very upset because someone else is slowing them down or impeding their progress.

In the Christian life, however, waiting on God is an important part of our walk with God. God rarely operates like a microwave; He more often operates like a crock-pot, marinating and slow-cooking until the perfect time. The passing of time is irrelevant to God. He is outside of time. We are consumed with time schedules, and we often think God should hurry up because we need an answer or we need help, pronto!

So many times God answers our prayers with a resounding “yes”, and for those times we are so grateful. At other times, God tells us “no”, and we have to be good with that, because He simply knows what is best for us. Aren’t you glad, looking back on the times God told you “no”, because He had a better “yes” later? Then there are times when we cry out to God and it seems the heavens are as brass. God seems distant or aloof. But nothing could be further from the truth. In those moments, we may not sense His presence to bless, but we can rest assured that He is still omnipresent; He sees and hears us clearly.

I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to keep being faithful and persistent in your prayers, and wait on God. The Book of Psalms uses the word “wait” more than any other book in the Bible. The word is used 26 times, more than double the amount it is used in any other book. Psalm 37:34 states, “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.”