“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” - Lamentations 3:25-26
Physical distancing measures have been in place for a few weeks now. We’ve mostly settled into this new normal but, maybe the question is pressing on your mind like it has on mine:
How long is this going to last?
Lamentations is a poem that the prophet Jeremiah wrote. Jerusalem was burned to the ground and he was a wreck. The people were taken off into captivity and he knew they would be waiting for 70 years for God to restore them.
A lot of us are waiting right now and it's causing uncertainty. How am I going to get through this pregnancy? Am I going to have to reschedule my wedding? How can I manage work and my kids? When will the government send me the money they promised? How am I going to recover my retirement savings? Will I make it through another shift at the hospital?
Things were bad when Jeremiah's day. He literally saw his society burn to ground, but in Lamentations 3:25-26 he still remembered God’s goodness to those who wait for him. Right now, we’re like passengers on a train that has been derailed. It’s going to take time to get the train back on the tracks. It’s going to take time to get that train back up to speed. It will do us good to learn to wait.
Waiting means waiting proactively. The good that God provides to our soul comes to the one that “seeks him.” To seek God is to set our attention on him. Do you have daily time set apart for Bible reading and prayer to seek God? The news changes quickly but God stays the same and he is a loving, merciful, and faithful God.
Waiting means waiting patiently. You’ll forfeit God’s goodness if you can’t wait in patience and quiet. I don’t want to be quiet in my nature. My default is grumbling and complaining and worrying. But God’s nature stays the same. He is loving, he is merciful, he is faithful, even if the city is on fire, and even if the train is derailed.
How long is this going to last? I don’t know but, it will do us good to learn to wait proactively and patiently.