Waiting is not something most of us like to do, is it? Unfortunately we’ve been doing a lot of that lately. We have to wait to get into stores; wait for the store to restock what you need; and most of all, we’ve been waiting for this pandemic to end so things can get back to normal!
Much as we hate waiting though, there are times waiting can be good for us. We’ve all heard the old phrase, “Good things come to those who wait!” Did you know the Holy Spirit tells us something similar? Psalm 27:14 says, “14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Here we are called to wait. This waiting isn’t something special. It’s just ordinary waiting. Waiting in expectation of something to happen. Or in this case, waiting in expectation of someone to act, namely our Lord and Savior Jesus.
This waiting doesn’t mean we sit around and do nothing. Jesus has given us certain abilities as humans, and he means for us to use those abilities as much as possible. So we use our technology to try and develop a vaccine. We use our common sense to limit the spread of the virus in whatever way we can.
Those who don’t know Jesus or believe in him as their Savior are doing this same thing too. They’re working. But they don’t wait. They can’t wait! They have nothing or no one to wait upon! That means fixing things that aren’t going right in life is all up to them!
That’s not the case for us as Christians however. As we work, we also wait. Because we know and believe we are not the only ones working! Jesus is working too! He worked as God to help us in the past when he came into this world and laid his life down on a cross to save ours. As our risen Lord, Jesus is working now to help us as well! He knows the plans he has for us. Plans to bless us. Plans to give us hope – that expectation of better things to come. Jesus also has plans to give us a future. Not one filled with gloom and doom, but one that’s filled with prosperity and life!
That assurance that Jesus is at work like this as our Savior, enables us to wait. To wait calmly. To wait in peace, without running around, panicking or throwing our hands up in despair. It enables us to wait in the face of this pandemic we are embroiled it. It even enables us to wait peacefully in the face of death itself.
By now, I’m sure many have heard that our sister in Christ, Ruth Pafko, has passed away. Unfortunately, because of current restrictions, we won’t be able to gather as her spiritual family as we normally do, to give thanks to the Lord Jesus for the blessings he has given Ruth, and receive his words of comfort. But that need not cause us too much grief. Why? Because we have the Savior to wait upon! The same Savior Ruth waited upon in her life here on earth, and which she continues to wait upon in heaven!
I believe Ruth came from a big family. As such, she probably got used to waiting for a lot of things when she was young. Like waiting for the Lord to provide food for her to eat, when there were so many other mouths to feed. That waiting continued as Ruth became an adult. I’m told Ruth was very active at Holy Emmanuel. She enjoyed being in worship, and waited upon the Lord to feed her with that life giving word and his body and blood in the Lord’s Supper, as she gathered with her Christian family each Sunday. Ruth waited in the care facility where she recently resided too. She waited upon the Lord to grant her life each new day, and people whom she could visit with, which she so enjoyed. And even now, Ruth is still waiting upon the Lord. As her spirit basks in the glory of heaven, just like Jesus promises to all who believe, Ruth waits on her Savior to raise her body at the end of this age when he comes again in glory.
Like Ruth, and every other Christian, we wait too. Waiting might not always be what we like. But when you know Jesus is working while you wait, to pour his good blessings upon you, that makes the waiting so much easier to bear!
Your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus!
Pastor Paul Krentz