Waiting for the Lord

By: Pastor Joel Murr

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it but when it comes to being patient, I’m like a little child. I don’t like waiting. When it’s time to eat…it’s time to eat. When it’s time to work, let’s get to it. When it’s time to take a nap, get out of my way. And during this Covid-19 coronavirus time, the thing I’ve noticed is that it’s worse than usual. I’m impatient! There, I said it. I’m about through with this quarantine stuff. And while I don’t want anyone to get sick with this virus, I’m ready to get out and see people and get to the new normal, whatever that may be. And even as a pastor, I have the same questions that many of you have. What is going on? What is happening?  When will all this be over? What is God up to? Why can’t we just get back to church? Trust me. I understand the frustration. I am ready again to see God’s people meeting in God’s House. Waiting is miserable. It’s uncomfortable and even painful at times.  But there is something happening while nothing is happening. God always uses waiting to get our attention and to change us. We see it in just about every character in the Bible. When God’s people were waiting, God used it as a time for preparation. He used it in Moses’ life to prepare him to be a great leader. Abraham had to wait to become the father of a great nation. God made Daniel wait in the lion’s den. Joseph waited before God used him for the plan He had set up for him. Job had to wait for an even bigger blessing. Think about it. The prophets, they all waited on the Lord…but God still worked in their waiting. Go to the New Testament… Every disciple waited. Paul and Barnabus, Timothy and Silas all had waiting periods.  I can’t help but notice that this is a pattern with God and His people. We are all going to wait on the Lord at some point. He doesn’t let us in on all of His plans. He just says, “Wait.” The Hebrew word Isaiah uses for “wait” is Qavah. It means “to wait, look for, hope, expect.” You might say, “but why do I have to wait?” The answer to that question is because He is God and we are not. When you stop and think about it, if we never had to wait and God acted immediately every time we called on Him, we would be the ones in control. Remember: His concept of time is not like ours. However, His timing is always perfect. So, if we are going to have to wait, what should we be doing? The psalmist says we are to let our heart “take courage,” but what does that mean? How do we do that?  In order to take courage, what do we do? In the Bible, the word “courage” means “good cheer.” It literally means, with humility, be bold and have confidence. In Scripture, courage is the opposite of fear. In other words, we are not to be afraid during this time but we are to be confident that God is in control and because He is in control, we can wait, look for, hope, and expect God to do something in us and through us. It is in the valley that God prepares us to climb the mountain. When all of this Covid 19 is over, there will be a lot of work to do but I believe God is preparing us for great things that we can’t yet see. 

So hang in there. Be patient. God is trying to get our attention and prepare us for the mountain.  How sad it will be if we come through the valley unprepared. 

I love you all!

Pastor Joel