Blessed are those who wait patiently

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There are many more beatitudes in the Bible than just the famous ones Jesus delivered in his Sermon on the Mount. In a therapeutic culture the highest premium is placed on a pain-free, comfortable life. What people pursue most vigorously is their own personal happiness. What they prize most highly is their freedom and independence and autonomy. And what they complain about most vigorously is any kind of obstacle or roadblock or handicap that might interfere with the immediate satisfaction of every desire.

Nobody is into delayed gratification; we want what we want and we want it now. I get angry if I have to wait five minutes in line at the supermarket checkout. How could waiting possibly be good for me? But it is, if the Bible is right. Not just good for me, but a positive blessing.

Indeed, waiting could almost be a synonym for faith. We would like him to act immediately, according to our time-table. But he rarely does, and so we wait. Waiting is a discipline of faith for people who are suffering. When Isaiah pronounced a blessing upon those who wait for the Lord God, he was speaking to the people of Israel during one of the darkest hours in their history.

I like everything just the way it is. But waiting is for those who are hurting, who feel let down, or beat up, helpless, or alone. Waiting is for the parents who pray year in and year out for a troubled child and never see a change. Waiting is for the oppressed who long to be free, for the hungry who long to be filled, for the sick who Blessed are those who wait patiently to be whole, for the victimized who long to see justice. These, and many others besides, are they who must wait:.

And what believers wait for in the midst of our suffering is help. We wait because we believe that eventually God can and will deliver us, heal us, and make all manner of things well. So we wait not just for help, but for answers. Christians have a very different view of suffering than non-Christians. We believe that suffering and pain, while Blessed are those who wait patiently good in themselves, can work for our good as God makes use of these things to help us become more and more like Jesus Christ cf.

Romans As increasing s of people in our society reject faith in God, they also have an increasingly difficult time either accepting or making sense of suffering. If God is no longer at the center of life, all that is left is yourself, which is why so many today seem to be worshiping physical health and earthly happiness. We view these things as blessings from God, and we give thanks to him for them accordingly. We also work to secure them both for ourselves and for others.

But the fact is we do not believe that a pain-free, pleasurable life on earth is the most important thing anyone could hope or strive for. We believe that holiness is more important than happiness, that, as J. For those who do not believe in a God who rules the world, nothing can have any meaning or purpose; literally everything is senseless.

You might just as well speak of senseless happiness as senseless tragedy. But for Christians who do believe in a sovereign God, then everything—even the most awful things—can have some meaning or purpose because God can and will use it to bring about our final salvation. We wait, and what we wait for is not just that God will deliver us. We also wait for him to make his purpose clear, believing that nothing in our lives has no meaning.

What does it mean to wait? What are we doing as we wait for God to save us, and to give us answers to our questions? Earlier I connected waiting with faith. Waiting is the special quality of those who believe that God is a Savior who can and will keep his promises. But waiting is also an exercise in another great theological virtue: hope. That is how Christians watch and wait and hope for the Lord to appear. Waiting means watching. It means doing your job, no matter how small that is or how inificant it seems, doing it faithfully, day in and day out, because you believe the Lord is in Blessed are those who wait patiently, and is watching over you.

And it means never losing hope in the promises of God, promises like these from Isaiah Waiting means watching; watching means trusting and hoping. The Lord is looking for people like that, people who will wait for him no matter what, no matter how long it takes.

Isaiah says that as we wait for God, he is also waiting for us! Prior to his ministry and work at Words of Hope, Dave served as a pastor for 18 years in congregations in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several devotional books. Dave and his wife, Betty Jo, have four children and four grandchildren. Dave enjoys reading, growing tomatoes, and avidly follows the Detroit Tigers.

Privacy Policy. Blessed Are Those Who Wait. David Bast May 6, These, and many others besides, are they who must wait: We who long pain and sorrow bear Praise God, and on him cast your care. The psalmist cried, I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and. And it means never losing hope in the promises of God, promises like these from Isaiah For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more.

He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the Blessed are those who wait patiently of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. Isaiah Waiting means watching; watching means trusting and hoping.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah About the Author. David Bast. IsaiahpsalmstrustWaiting.

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