Waiting in Hope

 It was good to be back at Timberline Church this evening. With my recent hospitalization and our trip to Lakewood last week, it has been four weeks since I have able to attend. I have been working on my tax return for last year; I usually have it done by now but am getting close to the final stages.

This is a busy time for the grassroots political world with county,congressional and state assembly taking place over the next few weeks. I feel a little out of touch, so this is a different position than I have been in for the past several years. I hope to make it to the state convention.

Recently in my reading of Sarah Young’s Jesus Today devotional she was writing about waiting in hope in the Lord. I like her observation, “Waiting in itself is not a virtue. The important thing is how you wait: in a resigned, impatient way or in hope…”

 I hate to wait in lines. That is why I avoid the grocery store,that is why I avoid buffet lines. At the rehab hospital, I would usually be one of the last for a meal, just to avoid having wait in line. So I am glad for the observation that “waiting” is not a virtue. However, I do recall a few years ago taking my grandson Riley to church with us and checking him in at his room. He looked  back at me and said, “we have to wait our turn grandpa.” I wasn’t sure if that was a lesson he had learned or he was warning me not to be impatient!

Waiting in hope, especially waiting in hope for the Lord brings with it a sense of confidence and anticipation. We know the Lord does not fail and He will respond to our needs and the cry of our hearts.

Isaiah 40:31 in God’s Word translation reads,

“the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.

I am thankful for this promise that waiting with hope in the Lord results in strength in the midst of the waiting. The Lord does not exhaust us with delays nor does He intend to bring frustration into our lives.

Psalms 33:20  “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”

Psalms 130:5-7 is one of the Psalms of Ascent, these are the Psalms recited by Israelites making their way to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption

Just as sure as the sunrise breaks the dark of night we know that the Lord will come to the aid of His people and will be faithful to His Word. He will save and He will redeem and He will come again as He promised when He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection.

As a result our “waiting in hope for the Lord..”is not just related to our personal issues and needs, but it has a focus as well on the global plan of God for His people. That enables us to pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”