Friday, July 31, 2015

Isaiah 30:18 -- On Waiting and Wisdom

"And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him."
Isaiah 30:18

I like the idea that the Lord waits for us.  It makes me think of reactions in life.  If we reacted immediately to everything, we'd probably ruin our lives with saying unwise things to our bosses, being rude to people, destroying relationships, and getting run over in traffic. :)  But when we wait, even for only a few seconds to think it through, or check for traffic, then things go better.  We aren't reacting on instinct anymore... we're letting our brains kick in, which (almost always) makes us wiser.
The Lord isn't waiting so he can be wiser, of course.  He waits in order to offer us a grace period, to give us a chance to think it out, and to change and repent... he's waiting so we have a chance to make a wiser choice.  And we also wait for him.  Not because he needs a chance to repent, but because he is waiting for us, and for other people, and he knows the timing of all of that better than we do.
Today, let's wait for the Lord's judgment, and not try to hasten it.  He's taking his time so that he can be merciful and gracious.  And we need that time anyway, so that we can learn to be wise.  Today, let's be happy with waiting. :)

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