“More ‘Waiting’…”

June 14, 2010

As impatient as I am, sitting in a waiting room for a doctor for an hour is a trying experience.  The worst traffic jam I was ever in while living in Southern California, it took three hours to go 40 miles on I-5.  I thought I was going crazy!

Fortunately, I finally realized how narrow my perspective was.  After all, what about Joseph in the Bible, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit (i.e., allegedly attacking his boss’s wife), unjustly serving several years in prison?  What was it like waiting to get out or be vindicated by the Lord, whichever came first?  As it turned out, the Lord used Joseph’s presence in prison to put him in position to gain a hearing before Pharaoh, the king, spring-boarding him into becoming “Vice-President”/“Chief Executive Officer” of the Egyptian Empire.  (If you’ve never thought about it that way, consider the mind-boggling authority Joseph was granted by Pharaoh in Genesis 41:39-44.)

Probably the longest “wait” biblically was that of Moses: 40 years on the back side of nowhere, until the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush (Exodus 3).  How had he endured from ages 40 to 80, shepherding in the desert, far from the lap of luxury in the palace in Egypt where he was raised as Pharaoh’s adopted grandson?  All that is said is: “By faith [Moses] left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for he persevered, as one who sees Him (i.e., God) who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

Since Joseph was also a man of faith (see Hebrews 11:22), how did he and Moses keep going in those dark times when the strongest among us would utterly despair?  Their secret was faith.  Trusting that God knew best—which He did, they waited on the Lord.

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