“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
Read this verse over and over. What is God whispering to you?
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was good. I ate too much, enjoyed time with family and was able to combine some corn with help. There was some sadness as another friend moved to her heavenly home. Her body succumbed to the cancer that invaded it. Now she is in peace.
Death is not a favorite subject for me, but it is something that we all will face at some time. Are you ready? I don’t think we can be ready all the time especially for a loved one’s passing. As for me, I can’t wait to see my Heavenly father and to leave the stress and hardships that life on Earth gives us, but I don’t want to leave loved ones behind to suffer while I go to be in paradise. I also don’t want to leave things undone. I want to do God’s will, finish the work He has started through me.
Our verse can be applied in many ways. First off God is gracious and wants to shower His grace upon us. The next part is hard to comprehend, “he rises to show you compassion.” I take it as a poetic way of saying that God can’t wait to show us compassion. As in it is saying that He wakes up each morning just to show us compassion. It is a reference showing how much Love God has for us. Then we have a reminder that He is a God of justice. This is a reference to the enemies of Israel, God will pay them for what they have done to His people. But this is also a reminder to us that God will bring justice and that we don’t have to take revenge. Let God take care of it. For blessed are those who wait on the Lord. In other words, blessed are those who put their whole trust in God by allowing His will to be our will. Allow God to do His thing instead of trying to take care of it ourselves.
It is hard. Life is full of hardships, disappointments and pain. Why do the good seem to be punished and the bad get off easy? Why do the good seem to die young and yet the bad live for a long time? When we have these questions, we are looking at things from the wrong perspective. Death is not a punishment for the believer. It is a reward. We are rewarded ultimate peace and joy. No longer must we suffer the pains of sin. We are taken home to be with our Father. To live long is not necessarily a reward. God wants all of us to know Him and He will give us ample time to do so. Once we die it is too late. The bad are given time to repent. But in order for the bad to repent they need people willing to share God with them. So, we have our purpose. Our purpose is to share God with others. To shine the light of God in the darkness.
We experience pains to not only guide us to God and to strengthen our faith but to also give us shared experiences so that we may connect with others. It gives us a message to share, a way to apply God’s word. Waiting for the Lord means many things. We wait for Him to reveal His plan for us. We wait for Him to deliver us from our current struggle. We wait for Him to teach us and to open the doors for our ministry. We wait for Him to come and take us home. The key is we trust God enough that we allow His will to be done instead of pursuing our own. Can you trust God enough to wait?