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Wait as – the good in the wait
(Qavah, Damam, Duwman)
Waiting is a choice; whether we see it as one is another issue. In the majority of cases when one is waiting, they usually have the option to abandon their wait for whatever reason. The fact that they choose to stay says something about their expectation. If it is a wait begun and endured by choice, than the reward must be seen as worthy. This fourth category examines not only the good because of the wait but the good in it.
Waiting keeps us accountable. During the wait we are held to a standard so that it may not be in vain (Ps 25:21). If we wait for the right things, things worthy of our investment, they will help carry us to the end (Isa 40:31; Jer 14:22; Lam 3:25) even as we wait for their fullness. The prize for waiting on the Lord will far outweigh the cost during the wait (Ps 37:9, 34; Isa 60:9).
This also effects how we wait. In the previous category the subject was exposed to pain, doubt and worry during their wait. These can take a toll on the body, mind and spirit amplifying the cost while simultaneously beginning to fog the worth of patience. Yet if we can keep our sights on the good, both the ones that are to come and the few we may experience now (such as growth of character, increased thankfulness, peace), than our wait must take on a different face. First we are to be still, quiet (Lam 3:26). This posture reflects a deep trust and a tangible confidence in our hope. Second, we are able to praise and rejoice even during the strain of endurance (Ps 52:9).
Category four reminds us that the options must be weighed when determining one’s course of action. Certainly waiting is difficult, but it is not impossible. Good things are available for the patient and time is one of the best teachers of character.