The Challenges and Promises of Waiting Patiently

The past months have been a learning experience for our family. During one of my recent devotions from the Men's Devotional Bible, I read about waiting and patience. Those two words spoke to me and I have been thinking a lot about them. 

Waiting is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. We wait in traffic. We wait in the doctor's office (in the waiting room!). We wait to hear news—good or bad. 

But, try as we might, we can't make time go any faster. Waiting is part of modern life. No matter how fast-paced and hectic our daily schedules may be, we still run up against times and places where we have no choice but to stop and sit or stand in line. 

The Bible often connects waiting with faith. Sometimes, Scripture even uses the two words interchangeably. While we might not like it, waiting serves an important role in our Christian life. The work God does within us while we wait is just as important as whatever it is we're waiting for. Of course, none of us finds waiting easy. In fact, it might bring pain and will most certainly try us and test us. Waiting demands patience and exacts a price. It's the toll on the road of life that each of us must pay.

God promised Abraham a blessing: "I will...give you many descendants..." (Hebrews 6:14). But to receive his blessing, Abraham had to wait—day after day, year after year. In time, God did fulfill his promise. Abraham's waiting turned out to have been his greatest blessing; he was to become the father of the Jewish nation.

We also hear the promises of God and long for God to fulfill them. Yet we often wait. If Abraham's story teaches us anything, it's that God proves himself faithful again and again. As Christians, we want something to do—some action to take. But sometimes, our part is simply to wait, with a confident, disciplined and patient assurance that God will keep his promises. He will come through. While such times aren't easy, in the end we can honestly reflect and say, "It was worth the wait." Indeed, our waiting can result in our greatest blessing.

I hope you will be encouraged as I am, as we patiently wait for the promises of God in our lives.

David Nok and his family moved from Nigeria to Boston for graduate studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2009. They were connected with Dan Rogers and enthusiastically joined the vision and mission of CTK Dorchester. David is currently a doctoral Student at Trinity International University and also a Ruling Elder with Christ the King. He plans to return to Nigeria this summer to teach theology classes.