Wait For It
“If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by our circumstances in life, even to the point of despair. Sometimes we need to simply wait upon the Lord and see how He works things out. I can only imagine how Joseph and Mary must have felt at some point in their journey with God to bring our Savior into this world. As I reflected upon how they may have felt at some point, I was reminded of a story I read about a pastor back in the late 1800’s.
One late afternoon in 1879, a pastor named Washington Gladden found himself completely discouraged with the futility of his ministry efforts. He had been serving God for years, but had never seen the results he had hoped to see. And now he was at the point of despair.
Later, in the years to come, his life would be much different. He would write books and publish a magazine; his voice would be influential in matters that shaped our cultural values in the early 20th
century. He would also pastor a thriving church in Columbus, Ohio. But on this day in 1879 Washington Gladden couldn’t see what was to come. He could see only his discouragement.
That afternoon he climbed up to the top of the church bell tower to be alone and think for a while. The thought even crossed his mind that he could jump and make his troubles go away. Instead, he poured his heart out to God, putting into words what would become a powerful hymn.
O master let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.
Maybe today your life doesn’t look the way you want it to. Maybe the results you hoped for have yet to be realized. Don’t forget God’s words to the prophet Habakkuk, that the revelation would come at the appointed time, with the gentle exhortation, Though it linger, wait for it. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Today isn’t all there is. Don’t give up on God’s promise. Though it linger, wait for it. You need to persevere so that you can receive what He has promised.
“For you have need of endurance,
so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
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