Finding Rest in God by Waiting

By Pastor Mark Jordan

Yesterday we explored restless soul syndrome, and the damage it does to you and me. Frequently, busyness is at the heart of this, because Satan knows he can wear you down not by making you bad, but busy. The next three days we will look at ways to find rest in God. Today we start with waiting.

Waiting isn’t something we do all too well, is it? In a world of microwave ovens, instant pots, smart devices for information, and streaming services for entertainment, we are used to being able to access everything we want and need in an instant and at our fingertips. Waiting for water to boil or content to buffer can drive us nuts. But that isn’t always the case is it?

During the 10am worship service on Sunday, I talked about how eagerly I waited in line at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom for the Flight of Passage ride as part of the Avatar land. I didn’t care how long I waited, as long as I got on the ride. I heard so many rave reviews about the experience, I was willing to invest my time and energy (not to mention money to travel, park, admission into the parks, along with food and trinkets along the way) to take it in and become part of the experience. After riding it, I wasn’t disappointed. It taught me something about waiting with anticipation and great expectation. I can do it at Disney World, so why can it be so hard in my daily life? Can you relate?

The Bible is full of wisdom about waiting with expectation and anticipation for what God seeks to do. Isaiah 40:31 gives perhaps the most memorable advice: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (NKJV).

The kind of waiting necessary when you have restless soul syndrome isn’t exasperating, but energizing. You don’t just shuffle around, but prepare to soar! Yoking up with Jesus helps you not just with the energy to walk the walk today, but run the race for eternity. Waiting might seem counterintuitive when you want to do great things, but it’s essential to keep you from getting bogged down in good things. And yes, there is a difference.

So take today to wait on God. Get ready to soar. He wants to reenergize you, help you walk, and also run the race for eternity right now. So let’s wait with great expectation and anticipation! Before we get going, though, let’s make sure we’re going in the right direction. Come back tomorrow as we explore being still before God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, it’s truly a conundrum for me when I think about how restless I get waiting at a checkout lane, red light, or railroad crossing, yet there are some experiences I’m willing to invest so much in order to enjoy. Help me with my restless soul syndrome to wait on you with anticipation and great expectation. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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