Devo Scripture: Genesis 8:1-19
Key Verse: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Psalm 27:14
I’ll be the first in line to admit I don’t like waiting in line. Or waiting at a stoplight for that matter. Or in a “waiting room”. Or for my phone to ring; the baby to go to sleep; my husband to get home; a maid service to show up on my front porch free of charge (still waiting for this one). Or for God to answer my prayer. It’s hard sometimes…the waiting and the waiting. But you know what…life’s about the waiting. Life’s about what WE DO during the waiting…
It’s no small thing…the waiting. Seems endless at times. Cruel even. Just ask Abraham who waited 25 years for God to deliver on his promise of a son. Ask Jacob who waited 7 years to marry the love of his life. Ask Rachel who watched 10 other sons be born into the household before she nursed a sweet baby of her own. Ask Joseph who waited 2 years for the cupbearer to remember him in prison. Ask Moses who waited 80 years for God to use him to bring salvation to his people. Ask David who waited 15 years from the time of his anointing to rule as king. Ask Zechariah and Elizabeth who waited desperate for a child. Yet God delayed for his purposes; for his timing; for the one who would pronounce the coming of the Kingdom; for John the Baptist.
Consider the faithful listed in Hebrews 11 who are still waiting. “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar” (Heb. 11:13a). Consider the earth which “waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19). Consider believers who “wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:23). Daily we continue “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Consider the martyrs who wait for God to avenge for their blood (Rev. 6:10). Consider Israel who waits for a Messiah that already came. Who waits for God to bring judgment on her enemies. Who waits for a promised future glory (Isaiah 60). Consider…the waiting. Consider…Noah.
“In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked and behold, the face of the ground was dry” (Gen. 8:13). It was dry! It had been 10 long months but the earth was dry! Yet Noah remained inside the ark. The door remained sealed. Though Noah could see for himself the earth was dry God didn’t give the ok to open the door for another 57 days. 57 days!! (As if they hadn’t already been on that boat long enough!) What was the atmosphere like during those 8 weeks? Did Noah feel forgotten? Anxious? Did his son’s threaten to open the door themselves? Or maybe it was the daughter-in-law’s? Was his wife supportive? I could see myself getting quite testy at this point. It’s been a year and I want off this boat! I’m tired of these stinky animals! But they waited…all of them. Because life’s about the waiting…about what we do during the waiting…
They waited for God to give the command to go. They waited for God to open the door. That’s not something many of us are very good at…to wait…for God to open the door. When we get tired of waiting (whether that door’s easy to open or not) we barge through with such force there’s no going back. I know because I’ve barged through a few doors in my day. And I’ve regretted it every time. Why? Because I lost out on the blessings that come with waiting. And the benefits that come with walking through a door that God opened; not one I forced open.
But I’ve learned something. Something revolutionary has finally weaved its way into my goal oriented head. It’s not about getting through the doorway. It’s not about the achievement because my friends there will always be something more to achieve. It’s about the waiting. About what we do while we wait for God to open the door. to heal. to provide. to save. to act. to answer our prayers. It’s about trusting in the waiting. It’s about praising him in the waiting. It’s about finding joy in the waiting. It’s about bringing him glory while we wait.
Therein lies the blessing. Therein lies the reward. It’s in the waiting. “For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him” (Is. 30:18b). “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31). “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame” (Ps. 25:3a).
There is much blessing in store for a heart and mind that waits steadfast on God. So as tempting as it to wish away the waiting. To rush the waiting. To loathe the waiting. Let’s savor the waiting. Knowing there is purpose and blessing here and now. In the waiting…for an answer, for love, for healing, for work. In the waiting…to be noticed, remembered, promoted, successful. In the waiting…for God to open the door; for God to bring back a child; for God to make himself known; for God to give or take away. “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Ps. 27:14)
Life’s about the waiting…about what we do in the waiting…to God be the glory!