12 August 2014 - clay

What are we waiting on?

waiting

7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord,

I will wait for the God of my salvation;

my God will hear me.

Micah 7:7

Our culture is not one of patience. We rush around from one thing to the next, constantly moving, afraid of missing out on something. Sure, there are a few things we wait for. We wait for movies to be released, in the lobby of the doctor’s office, or for our next paycheck. These are things we don’t choose to wait for though.

Unless we’re the head of a studio we can’t change the release date of a movie we’re looking forward to.11. Well, unless you download a leaked version online, but we’re only talking about legal things here. ;-) Unless we are actually the doctor that we’re waiting to see, we can’t move the appointment up.22. Physician, heal thyself? Unless we own the company, we can’t move our paychecks up to when we want them.

The point I’m trying to make is that most things we waitfor, we do because we have no choice. Patience is a virtue, one that is difficult to develop and maintain.

Micah writes this section of Scripture in the midst of a prophecy warning Israel to turn back to God, or else they will be overthrown. Chapter 7 starts with Micah complaining that he can’t find any righteous people in Israel. He lists several ways that the people are miserable and untrustworthy, but then he wraps it all up in a simple statement. Despite all of the things going on around him, despite the debauchery, lawlessness, corruption, and greed, despite the fighting among families, Micah knows where is hope is. 

He puts his faith in God, knowing that He will deliver His people, and he waits. I guess you could point out here that Micah has no choice but to wait on God, but that wouldn’t be true. Micah could have developed a program to help the people see the errors of their ways. He could have hosted a conference extolling the virtues of family values and urging everyone to end the fighting and turmoil. He could create a hashtag that allows people to feel better about themselves by posting about a particular crisis.33. No, Micah didn’t have twitter. Maybe he could have tied a scroll to a bird’s foot with the hashtag on it?

Micah chose not to do any of those things. Micah chose to wait, knowing that God would hear his prayers.

What do you need to wait on? What things are we so busy doing that we fail to sit down and wait? Maybe the change we need to see in the world is more people waiting and praying, and fewer people acting out in their own weakness.

Sit still. Embrace the silence. Wait on God. He will hear you.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. 1. Well, unless you download a leaked version online, but we’re only talking about legal things here. ;-)
2. 2. Physician, heal thyself?
3. 3. No, Micah didn’t have twitter. Maybe he could have tied a scroll to a bird’s foot with the hashtag on it?

Micah / Old Testament

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