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.
When J. K. Rowling was having trouble finishing her fifth Harry Potter book, her fans grew impatient. One was quoted as saying, “If she doesn’t hurry, we’re going to move on to caring about something else.”
That reflects our age. Our attention spans are short, and we want things in a hurry. Our watchwords are now, instant, quick, fast, rush.
The Lord doesn’t work that way. To Him, a thousand years are like a day, and a day is like a thousand years. He’s in no hurry; He dwells in eternity. He knows our needs, and He works in His timing to do what’s best. He waited 400 years after the Old Testament to send the Messiah. Jesus waited till the fourth watch to rescue His disciples on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:25).
The Bible tells us to wait on the Lord. When we’ve done our best, we have to leave things in His hands and give Him time to work. Don’t think God is inactive. In our waiting, He is working. He will work all for good—in His timing.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Arnold H. Glasgow
2 Kings 9 – 10