When I was twenty one and fresh out of college, I worked as a manager of Brown’s Chicken in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The owner was a Christian and used wisdom in all of his business dealings. When the customers had to wait a couple of minutes for their food to cook, the owner Keith Clark, would always say “good chicken takes longer.” When the chicken was finally ready, he would spill it out for the girls to bag, and he would bellow out, “piping hot!” The customers smiled and walked away satisfied.
Folks—– waiting is not a sin. If you and I are determined to do God’s will, guess what, WE WILL WAIT sometimes. As I write this, I am contemplating on the people who have visited Trinity Baptist Church many months or even years after initial visits and communications from our members. How many times have you shared your faith with, and invited people to church, and you were disappointed if they did not come the following Sunday? Let us go back to Christianity 101: It is done in God’s way and in God’s time as He orchestrates the circumstances. (Romans 8:28) If He has His hand on someone, He will get the job done. Let us be faithful and share our faith with diligence, and He will send people our way as it pleases Him. Remember, our job as believers is NOT to get people to Trinity, it is simply to share the Gospel plan of salvation and leave the results to God. If we do this, our church will grow and be blessed.
Actually, waiting on God is essential for true joy and peace in all aspects of our lives. He sees the total picture, and we see only one frame. I realize that I will be blessed while enduring the trials of life ONLY when I learn to wait on the Lord. Here is the hallmark scripture passage that applies to this theme: Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV) I have found that this passage is easier to quote than it is to live. Just like you, I have been guilty of saying: “Lord, give me patience, but hurry!” Blessings, Steve