Dec 12 - It’s Worth the Wait

TODAY'S PASSAGE

1 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?

2 When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.

4 One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.

6 Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
— Psalm 27

SUPPORTING PASSAGES

Isaiah 4:2-6; Acts 11:1-18


TODAY'S DEVOTION

When you hear the word “wait,” do you break out in a big smile? Probably not.  Waiting in line, waiting on the next customer service representative, waiting on results from the medical test, waiting is difficult.  Yet the Psalmist says, “Wait for the Lord.” (v. 14) Advent is a time of waiting, in many ways. But why wait for the Lord?

Perhaps the best reason for waiting is stated in the first verse of this Psalm: “The Lord is my light. . .” God is the best guide we have. When we go down unfamiliar paths we need a guide.  Sometimes we need a guide when we are on familiar paths.  Whatever path we chose, we need the light of God to guide us.

As the psalmist says in verse 11, we need God to “teach me thy way.” God lights our path by teaching us the best way to live life.  The problem is that we don’t always know the lesson the Lord is teaching.  In fact it may take us awhile.  How often do we look back at an experience and say to ourselves,” Now I realize what I learned from that.  I just didn’t see that at the time. But I am a wiser person as a result.”

Wait. Wait for the Lord. God can only teach us when we are ready; so we must wait. When we ask the Lord to help us, guide us, support us, we expect God to act very soon. Only God knows when we are ready. Waiting for God to respond to our sincere request calls for more patience than we think we have. But is there value in waiting? Perhaps God waits to give us time to prepare ourselves for the answer.

Advent is a season of waiting to remember the birth of the Christ Child. In the busyness of the season it can be difficult to take time to wait on the Lord.  What light is God bringing to us this season?  What is the Lord trying to teach us?  It’s worth the wait.


LET US PRAY

God of immense patience, in the rush of the season teach me to wait for the light only you can give. Amen


TODAY'S AUTHOR

Carolyn Blevins is a retired associate professor of religion and Baptist historian at Carson-Newman University. "During the season of Advent, I am looking forward to trying to be more patient with God and to being with family."