God gives us many spiritual disciplines for our good. Perhaps one of the most difficult to master is the discipline of waiting. None of us like to wait. We become impatient when the drive through at Starbucks is backed up. We become impatient for our next vacation. We become impatient for the results from the doctor. We become impatient for seasons of unemployment to come to an end. We become impatient for our sanctification to be completed.
King David had to wait patiently in Psalm 40. He found himself in a “slimy pit” of mud and mire. But he waited. The people of Israel waited for generations. God works in centuries and millennia’s, not minutes and days. God asked Abraham to wait. He was promised a great nation and a great land. But, it would be 25 years before his firstborn would be born. It would be even longer before the land became a reality.
Sandwiched between Good Friday and Easter morning is Holy Saturday, a day of waiting. The women who followed Jesus had to wait after his death to properly prepare the body. The disciples had to wait anxiously, wondering if they would be the next to be crucified. The religious elite were waiting to see if this troublesome movement would come to an end. I imagine creation itself waiting to see how God would respond.
Why wasn’t Jesus resurrected on Saturday? Why did the world have to wait for the joy of Easter? There is much to be learned in the waiting. Seasons of waiting can often reveal our heart in ways that nothing else can. In the waiting (and not obtaining), we see where we actually place our trust or find our hope. Perhaps you are waiting for marriage. Perhaps you are waiting for the Lord to work in the life of your children. Perhaps you’re waiting for that big break. Perhaps you’re waiting for someone to apologize for sins done long ago. Perhaps you’re waiting for freedom from sins that consume. In the waiting, we learn faith – to remember his character and cling to His promises. In the waiting, we remember who is in control and sovereign over all. In the waiting, we follow our messiah who embodied waiting in his life and in his death as he stayed in the grave three days.
Waiting on Saturday is only possible if the hope of Easter is around the corner. In the same way, we need hope in the midst of our waiting. One of the most common admonitions in scripture is to “Wait on the Lord”. Psalm 46 reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God”. Our lives often drag us along at a rapid pace. We have little time to stop and wait. God desires to strengthen your soul this Easter Season. Perhaps he wants to reveal something to you in the waiting. To point you to a hope far greater than anything this world has to offer. As Richard Foster puts it, “Waiting on the Lord involves…waiting”. How can you turn from anxiety and impatience to peace and trust? Immerse yourself in the hope of Easter: God has dominion and victory over all things! We do not wait without hope. For in Easter we find a foretaste of things to come. When sin, death, and the devil are defeated. That great hope empowers spiritual waiting. Wait on the Lord. Sunday is coming.