“A watched pot never boils,” however, I am not sure this cat is watching and waiting for boiled water. In fact, if that burner were on he is much too close for comfort! My guess is this cat is soaking in the warmth from the oven. This proverb is attributed to Benjamin Franklin in the mid 1700’s. The idea is that time seems to move more slowly when waiting or anticipating something.
In today’s verse, the prophet, Isaiah, anticipates the Lord avenging His name among the nations. He affirms the truth that there is no other God besides Him. Isaiah remembers the mighty acts God has done in the past and is zealous for His name. He sees Israel’s enemies seemingly gaining the upper hand with sacred cities becoming wastelands, Jerusalem a desolation and the Temple burned. And now he waits, knowing that God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him (verse 4).
When I see God mocked and Christians ridiculed for their faith, that is the time I need to wait patiently for Him to move. The more I anticipate Him intervening, the longer the wait seems! But I have His Word and promises. He will not be mocked and there will be retribution (Gal. 6:7). He waits for those that scoff, wanting all to come to repentance (II Peter 3:9). Whatever it is I am waiting for, I know He uses the wait to stretch my faith. And I can count on Him being faithful to His promises, in His way and in His timing.
Lord, help me to wait with absolute confidence in You.