Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 9th, 2017
But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, those who boast against me when my foot slips.”
Psalm 38:15-16 (NRSV)
Waiting on the Lord
Sometimes we have the feeling that people are just waiting for us to fail. However, when we are well grounded in confident trust in the Lord, we have Him on our side. Yes, it may seem that some people are really eager to celebrate our failure. But, the true rejoicing is ours because of our God.
Each year the Fraser Institute releases a report on medical wait times in Canada. Canadians generally appreciate and support our medical system, but it isn’t perfect. In the 2016 report that was released last November, the Institute reported that overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment had increased since the previous year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 20.0 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of 18.3 weeks reported in 2015. 2016’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is 115% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks. The wait times varied across the country. Ontario reported the shortest total wait, an average of 15.6 weeks, while New Brunswick reports the longest, with a disconcerting 38.8 weeks.
We are not used to waiting. We live in a fast food world. Our hamburgers better get to us within seconds, and we had better reply to emails within minutes. If we have to wait for a decision more than a few hours, it drives us crazy. That is certainly how the world works. But it isn’t how the kingdom of God works. God has set a plan in place for the world and for our lives as individuals. And nothing can rush Him. As citizens of the kingdom of heaven, we are called to learn to wait. Psalm 38:15-16 says, “But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, those who boast against me when my foot slips.” David had been through some difficult times. It would be natural for him to want God to step in and solve the problem immediately. We certainly would. But David knew that he couldn’t rush God, and if God took His time, David had learned that God had a good reason to do so. So he proclaims “But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait.” David didn’t try to take things into his own hands and he didn’t try to rush God. It is a good lesson for us. On what are waiting on the Lord? Keep on trusting Him and His timing.
These have been words from the heart.