St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Long Time Coming

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Psalm 27:1, 13-14— The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? … I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

I think you’d all agree that we are terribly impatient creatures. And now with a society of instant news, fast-food, and on-demand gratification of nearly all our desires, it’s getting even worse. We get frustrated with a slow-loading YouTube video—waiting for two cars to go through the roundabout before we can get through—seeing the long line of cars at Culver’s when all you want is a scoop of custard.

Our patience has certainly been tested these last few months as a nation. For a great many, that patience has ended and boiled over in all sorts of ways. Where have you lost your patience? With your spouse? Your children? Your friends? Your co-workers? Your boss? Your politicians? Your fellow citizens? What about with your God?

When trouble comes or doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, doesn’t God seem a long time coming in his rescue and deliverance? Doesn’t God seem to be a long time coming with revealing his plan to bless you and keep you in all your ways?

A young person recently confessed their struggle in seeing God’s plan because things aren’t working out how they’d like. She’s recently graduated from college and cannot find a job she went to school to do. A job needed by our society at that! What’s worse, she’s getting married soon, and they can’t find a place to live! If you find yourself on any end of the spectrum of impatience with God—which all of us are on—you need this reminder from the psalmist as much as I do.
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? … I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

You see, the reason God is letting you wait, the reason why the LORD is allowing this to happen is to test your faith and cause you to cling ever tighter to him and his promises. That is always his plan. His plan might also include other lessons as he works to give you what is best, but it is always to draw you to himself—sometimes he has to drag you!

You might find yourself thinking, “I already believe, and I think I’m pretty good at trusting God. Why would he let this happen?” Friends, that’s the very reason why! The very fact that we often and regularly wonder about, even doubt, God’s plan is all the proof we need to show us that we need these lessons from our loving LORD. In fact, the only time these lessons will be over is when we will no longer need to live by faith because we will be living by sight
in the land of the living—heaven.

The LORD is [your] light and [your] salvation! The LORD is the stronghold of [your] life! Therefore, you have nothing to fear! By God’s grace, you have the same confidence as that of the psalmist, you will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Knowing this, simply wait. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. He can do nothing to harm you, only bless you. He has nothing but love for you in his heart and nothing but grace upon grace in his unique and personal plan for you. Just wait, you’ll see.