January 19, 2020
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Anticipation of Peace Delayed
The standard cliché, “I want what I want, and I want it right now,” may culturally be acceptable, but it is not a biblical principle. Why? Because the reward is in the waiting. The Scriptures consistently remind us of the value of waiting for the Lord, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles” (Isa. 40:31). The problem in life becomes what to do during the interim while waiting and feeling uncertain about life’s outcome. What am I to think? What am I to do? Whom can I trust? These become the questions to consider when waiting in anticipation for God to work.
The people of Israel faced a similar dilemma as Micah exposed the sin of the people, revealed their punishment, declared the devastation, and then offered oracles of hope. Yes, God promised to gather the remnant, but the penalty seemed inescapable, and fear became the dominating emotion. The anticipation of punishment loomed so intensely that they lost the perspective of God’s Sovereignty.
Just as Israel needed to build up their confidence in God, we also need to think more deeply about the extraordinary work of God and learn to apply it to our time of waiting on Him.