Why Is Waiting the Hardest Part?

The late Tom Petty had a hit song titled, “Waiting in the Hardest Part”. I don’t know if it was original with him but his voice is the one I hear in my head each time I hear or think of this phrase. He is definitely on to something. Sometimes waiting is the hardest part because we don’t like the uncertainty. We just want something to happen. Sometimes, we would almost rather something happen that we don’t want to happen just to have something happen! In Psalm 62 David writes about waiting for the salvation of God; not the eternal salvation part but the deliverance of God in David’s life now. Here is how the psalm begins: “Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” David is expressing a confidence in his desire to wait on God…to wait on God to save him from his current situation. I believe there is a lesson here for us. If we are willing to wait for God’s solution we can be confident that we will receive the best solution. When we take matters into our own hands, acting outside of God’s word or even God’s timing, we will find out that the waiting wasn’t as “hard” as the consequences of running ahead of God were. Allow God to take care of the problems. Follow His word and His commands. Don’t take vengeance into your own hands. No one likes to wait but you won’t be disappointed in the outcome if you wait on God.


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