Afraid to Wait

The word “wait” might as well be ranked with the other foul, four letter words of the English language. American culture does not associate many good feelings with that word. It means delayed gratification. It means a loss of precious time. It means actually practicing that other foul word we talk a lot about: patience. Even many dictionaries define the word “wait” with negative undertones. “To remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens; to remain neglected for a time.” (

Inactive? Neglected? Surely this is not what the psalmist, David, meant when he counsels himself and us to “wait for the Lord.”

The hebrew root word that David uses is qavah. It means “to wait for–expect, hope, hopefully wait, look eagerly.” It is not used only once, but twice in the same thought.

“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait or the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”
Psalms 27:13-14

David believed in God’s goodness. His faith was in the promises of God. Out of that faith was born a hope– not an inactive, neglected form of paralysis, but a living hope so active and vibrant it moved his heart to bravery in the very midst of adversity and trial.

Does it trouble you still? Does the idea of waiting for the Lord to move and reveal his goodness once again cause a feeling of anxiety to rise within you? Where have you put your faith then? Perhaps, friend, it is not the Lord who needs to reveal himself, but it is your eyes that need be opened. Ask yourself once more time: Are you afraid to wait?

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