Thursday, February 18
Contributed by Karen Tin
“Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.”
Waiting is one of the most detestable things to do. From waiting in line at the
bank, or waiting for a promotion at work, to waiting for the pandemic to be over;
we rarely have the patience to wait.
Science and technology may have shaped us into the impatient people that we
are today. In the olden days, people had to labor to plant and prepare their own
food. Nowadays, we need very little effort to put food on our table. With the
microwave, food can be served within minutes, or even seconds. By the same
token, we like to see instant results and get agitated when no obvious results
are in view. We dislike waiting, because we like being in control and knowing
what’s ahead of us.
Against this tendency, the psalmist teaches us the virtue and the joy of waiting
for God. For the psalmist, waiting is not a passive activity, but an active attitude,
born of a relationship and trust in the God who knows everything and holds
everything together. Betsy Childs Howard writes, “Waiting exposes our idols
and throws a wrench into our coping mechanisms. It brings us to the end of
what we can control and forces us to cry out to God. God doesn't waste our
waiting. God uses it to conform us to the image of Christ.”
This Lent, we join the psalmist in taking conscious and deliberate effort in
waiting for God and God’s salvation. As we wait, we prepare ourselves to see
God in ways we’ve never seen before.
Lord Jesus, give us the grace today, to trust you and to wait for your salvation.
Karen Tin is a resident of SAH and a student of VST. She is originally from Indonesia, and
currently working on her MA in Theological Studies.
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