I don’t know any of us that like waiting. I sure don’t. I just have no patience sometimes. I want to be going and going and going. Waiting, patience – those are things that I’m just not good at. So, it’s good for me to read passages like Colossians 1: 11-12.
And by the way, the parts of the Bible that speak to me the loudest are the ones that call me to be more than I am. Call me to grow, to change, to be more faithful. I need the affirmation that comes from scripture, but I also need the challenge. Today I needed what Colossians 1: 11-12 says:
11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Paul tells us today that we are made strong, not in our own strength, but in the strength that comes from God. And what does His strength let us do? It gives us the ability to endure, with patience, and give thanks to the Father.
Yes, we are called to wait. Because the best is yet to come. What is coming is better than what is. But what is, is not here yet. We wait. But we wait with joy because of what is coming.
So, today you may be in a situation where you are having to wait. You may be stuck. It may not be getting any better. You may feel discouraged and frustrated.
Don’t rely on your own strength. Be strengthened in God’s strength. On your own, you may not be able to handle it. On your own, you may not be able to wait. I think that’s why I don’t like waiting and I don’t have patience. I try to do it on my own. And I just can’t do it.
But we can’t do it on our own. We can’t do any of it on our own. It’s only through God’s strength that we can do the things that He has called us to. Today, if you are in that place where you have to wait, be patient. God has not forgotten you. He has not left you. He is there. He will be there, giving you the strength that you need.
Wait. Joyfully. Hopefully. Prayerfully.
Something better is coming. Don’t lose heart, don’t lose hope. Something better is coming.