“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”
New International Version (NIV)
This passage of scripture would give me such great comfort until I would read that very last part. “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” What does that mean? Why do I have to wait? It wasn’t until God had placed me in a season of much waiting that I understood just how impatient I can really be. It has also taken me many years of attempting to be patient and still before God to understand that waiting is not a passive thing to do. It is actually a very active action or choice. It’s not natural for us to typically be good at this and if we think about all it truly requires it makes us naturally feel restless.
Now I don’t think that is what God is wanting from us to feel, but I do think that waiting on him quietly to enter into our day and journey of salvation is the practiced discipline that makes our faith stronger and our thanksgiving great. It requires me to honestly seek Christ in everything I do from deep within my gut. When I am obedient in this choice, I see God’s fingerprints of faithfulness all over my past journey and I find the peace I need from this to be quiet and still. Just like that my heart is transformed and I am a better version of myself as then fill myself up with his words of truth and promises. It’s through this active choice and effort on my part that the work God desires to complete in me can take root. So this is my invitation to you today. Be actively waiting on the Lord in quiet intentional reflection and let him take care of the rest.