We have a family member whose name is Patience, and I often thought if that was my name, I would have a hard time living up to it. In general, I am not good at “hanging in there”. Sometimes I make rash decisions just to keep things going. We can probably all relate – more or less, depending on our patience meter.
Waiting on the Lord, Isaiah must have gone through similar frustrations. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 64:1):
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!”
In other words: “Please, God, do something, will you?”
God does not run on a human time schedule. Heaven and Earth cannot contain Him – and this also means He is not subject to Earth time. So why are we surprised when God does not show up on our watch? It is in His nature to show up unexpectedly.
There is no way that our finite minds can even begin to grasp our infinite God, and yet there is one thing we can always default to when nothing else seems to make sense: God is good. It is important to keep this in mind as we wait for Him.
Here is another way to look at it: God is never boring. We have subscribed to a discovery channel of a very special kind when we decided to walk with God. It takes an entire eternity to get to know Him.
In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a human love relationship. Despite the intimacy level we may reach, there is always a certain degree of mystery involved. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us; I would say that some of His mystery must have rubbed off on us.
Remember that God acts on our behalf. In His own good time He will come through for us. Believing in Him makes the time we spend waiting all the more sweeter.