Waiting on God Is No Vain Thing
"The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him." (Lamentations 3:25)
Jim Elliot was a missionary in Ecuador, South America – over fifty years ago. Even as a young man, Jim had decided in his heart to follow God's leading. He did not want to make a plan unless he was sure his plan was what God wanted. He was careful not to "run ahead" of God. Instead, he waited on God to make things plain. In a letter to the girl who would one day become his wife, Jim wrote about how he was waiting on God to lead and protect and provide for them. He signed his letter to her this way:
Waiting on Him for Whom
it is no vain thing to wait,
What does it mean to say "it is no vain thing to wait" for God? The word "vain" means "worthless," "without purpose," "hopeless," or "empty."
"Waiting on Him for Whom it is no vain thing to wait." Jim's words were another way of saying what God Himself says in Lamentations 3:25. It is not a worthless or purposeless or empty thing to wait on the Lord. Why not? Because the LORD is good to all those who wait for Him.
You and your family might be waiting on God today for something. Maybe you are waiting for provision (things you need). Maybe you are waiting for protection (safety or a rescue from something painful). Maybe you are waiting on God for direction (leadership and wisdom).
Whatever it is you think you need or want from God...can you wait for it? Can you wait for Him? Like Jim Elliot was learning when he wrote that letter over fifty years ago, you can never go wrong if you are waiting on God. By waiting on God, you show that you trust His perfect timing and His goodness. You can show you believe the truth of Lamentations 3:25 when you hold out for God's direction and protection and provision.
When you wait to know what God wants you to do, when you wait for Him to rescue or protect you, and when you wait for Him to provide what He thinks you need, you will agree – God's timing is perfect, and His goodness is worth waiting for.
God's goodness and God's timing are always worth the wait.
» Am I tempted to "run ahead" of God instead of waiting for Him?
» What are some ways God has protected, directed, or provided for my family and my church?
» How can I show that I trust that God really is good?
Truth In Real Life
“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.”
Aiden Wilson Tozer – better known as A.W. Tozer – was born on April 21, 1897, in western Pennsylvania. Born on a farm, he was well-liked, and preferred to be called simply “Tozer” by his family and friends.
At a young age, Tozer demonstrated that he was good with words. He enjoyed reading, and he loved writing. And he was good at both!
When he was 15 years old, he moved with his family to Akron, Ohio. One afternoon, while walking on the sidewalk, Tozer overheard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved, just call on God.” Tozer went straight home, went to the attic, called on God, and gave his life to Him.
Very few names in history are linked as closely to the subject of prayer as the name “A.W. Tozer.” As an adult, Tozer wrote some of the most powerful books that still exist today on this topic of prayer. He was a prolific and avid writer – meaning he wrote all the time – yet it has been said that “he spent more time on his knees than at his desk.” Why was he on his knees? Because he believed prayer was the most important job in life.
For almost 50 years, A.W. Tozer gave his life to ministry. He pointed countless souls to Christ by first pointing them to the importance of prayer. He wrote over 40 books, including his two most famous: The Pursuit of God, and The Knowledge of the Holy.
His gravestone reads simply, “A.W. Tozer – A Man of God.”
A.W. Tozer once said, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Does it bore you to think of what it will be like to worship God in heaven forever? Do you truly enjoy God?
Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.