Tapping toes. Big, loud sighs. Checking watches. Rolling eyes. All symptoms of waiting.
Not this guy, though. He shows no sign of impatience. As he went to the busy church that day he knew they were coming. He probably peered around people, knowing that soon, very soon, his lifelong desire would be fulfilled.
After all, God had promised him that he would not die until he saw the savior. He waited in faith for the baby Immanuel. And when he saw him, he prayed,
“Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond-servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for my eyes have seen They salvation.”
Waiting in faith is a whole different kind of waiting. There’s a calmness and a peace that is the foundation of that waiting.
One time I experienced the difference in frustrated-waiting and faith-waiting was when potty training our first son. We experienced some victories and many failures, like the day he was proud he pulled off his pull-up to go #2, only it was on our couch! I would get frustrated, tense, sometimes angry, and often felt defeated.
Then one day it hit me. I had never, ever seen a grown man wearing pull-ups, not even teenagers or young boys! There was a flood of confidence and faith that one day this boy would know how to go to the restroom all by himself! There was pretty much no doubt about it. So, with a new ————— I approached the challenge with a much calmer spirit as I waited for the almost guaranteed outcome.
Having faith in God’s promises are even more sure than this! Waiting while standing on His word brings even a deeper confidence and peace. When faith-waiting we see beyond the proverbial “poop on the couch” and look to God’s word for encouragement, security, power, ‘present-living’ with ‘future-hope.’
We’re almost all waiting for something…healing, provision, a rebellious child to turn back, a soldier-father to return home, depression to end, graduation, a soul-mate, the baby to arrive, a job offer, or for the sleepless night to end.
Verses for waiting in faith like Simeon:
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with song of deliverance. Ps. 32:7
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths. I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Is.42:16
Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Jn. 4:4b
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom.8:1
…we have the mind of Christ. I Cor. 2:16b
I can do all things through Christ who give me strength. Phil. 4:13