Nothing annoys me more than a driver who races around me and cuts me off, all to gain a few seconds or a few yards. Just as annoying is the tailgater who sits on my bumper when there is no chance for me to move to the right. When the great equalizer of the red stop light stops that driver, it is hard to keep the smirk off my face as I pull up beside him. We both have to stop and wait.
Today’s verse refers to the Israelites who quickly forgot God’s miracles. When the Lord dried up the Red Sea and delivered them from the Egyptians, they responded with songs of praise. But soon after, they forgot what He had done when faced with the next crisis. They did not wait to see what the Lord had in mind. Instead they complained. God had given them the promise of their own land, but they had to wait for His plan and His timing.
God gave a promise to David that he would be king. But he had to stop and wait for the Lord to work it out. Sarah was given the promise of a son, but she waited years and years for the miraculous way God would bring it about. Over and over I wait for God to unfold His plan for me. I have the promises. I believe. But I do not have the details. God so often asks me to stop my own efforts and wait for Him to work. He wants me to wait as a show of faith that I really do believe Him.
Lord, help me to wait with joy and expectation for Your perfect plan.