The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
“Are we there yet?” With summer vacations in full swing this is sure to be heard from more than a few back seats. After spending so much time in the car, children can’t help it. Waiting is a difficult thing to do.
But waiting is difficult in more than just car rides.
The original readers of the book of Lamentations had experienced the heartache of sin and its consequences and had to wait for God’s restoration. They had been taken from their homes, led off into captivity, and now struggled as aliens in a foreign land. However, God promised them certain restoration. They would return to their homes and find peace, but they needed to wait for that day.
We, the readers of Lamentations today, also know the heartache of sin. Whether it is the consequences of our own sin, the consequences of the sins of others, or just living in a sinful world, we too know the heartache of sin and we must wait for God’s restoration. Sometimes we get to see hints of that restoration here and now: a disease is cured, a relationship is restored, security is found. Other times we must wait for restoration, though God promises it will surely come, whether in this life or in the life to come.
The thing about a long car ride is you do eventually arrive at your destination. Whether it is the beach or Grandma’s house you get there, and the waiting was worth it. The same is true for those of us who wait on the Lord. While it may seem to take a long time, God promises us that it will be worth the wait. Because it will be worth the wait, it is good to wait quietly for the Lord, not grumbling or complaining. With hope in our hearts we know that the Lord is good to us. We know that his plans are best for us and so we seek him. We know that he is bringing full restoration and salvation when he returns at the Last Day.
Until then, we wait quietly for the Lord.
Lord God, help us to wait on your timing. Give us patience to see and know that your will is best for us. Amen.
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