Read Hebrews 11, paying special attention to how long these faith heroes waited, and you’re sure to see the connection between faith and waiting.
- Noah had faith (11:7), and he waited 100 years for it to rain—in the mean time he got busy and built a boat.
- Abraham had faith (11:8), and he waited until he was 100 years old before his wife gave birth to the son of promise: Isaac.
- Sarah had faith (11:11), and she waited until she was way past the child-bearing years before her arms cradled her son.
- Moses had faith (11:23), and he waited, shepherding sheep in Midian for 40 years, before God sent him back to Egypt to free his fellow Israelites.
- The Israelites crossed the Red Sea by faith (11:29), yet prior to their crossing they panicked, and Moses told them to stand firm (wait) on the Lord to do a miracle (Ex. 14:13).
- The advancing Jews had faith (Heb. 11:30), and waited for 7 days for Jericho’s walls to fall –while they daily did their aerobic walking around the city.
- Rahab had faith (Heb. 11:31), and waited in her home in the Jericho wall while God’s appointed earthquake shook the surrounding walls down.
Perhaps your present circumstances require some waiting:
- For that lab report to come in.
- For a prodigal to return home.
- For the repentance of a spouse.
- For a child to be born.
- For a relationship to be restored.
- For that potential employer to call about the job.
The waiting period can be a faith-building period if you and I will learn to trust God through it.
Waiting gives us the opportunity to look ahead for what God will ultimately do on our behalf.
So…READY, SET, and by faith WAIT.