Much of the Christian life is about WAITING –
Waiting for God to answer our prayers for His provision of a job, a spouse, or our house to sell.
Or perhaps it’s waiting on Him for healing or relief from a long-standing infirmity, the duration of the pain or limitation at times almost more than we can endure.
At others times in our life, we wait with such deep longing for God to burst through with His power on behalf of a child we are burdened for, or our marriage which appears strained to the point of breaking.
In the midst of such trouble, pain, loneliness, anxiety, or fear, we reach the depths of what we are certain we can bear. And yet we wait.
Wait with hope,
Wait with eyes fixed on His faithfulness,
Wait with confidence that God knows, and sees, and is filled with purpose to do good, to bring good out of what looks like a taste of death.
“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope, My soul waits for the Lord more than they who watch for the morning: I say, more than they who watch for the morning.”
Charles Spurgeon commented on this Psalm in one of his sermons, “As we read this Psalm, we notice, from the opening verses of it, that David was in the depths. He is not the only one of God’s people who has been there. If we imagine that the experience of true saints is always a happy, high level of peace, we make a great mistake. They have their rising and their falling, their days and their nights, their summers and their winters. Where there is life, there are pretty sure to be changes. If you are a living child of God, expect that you will have many variations in your experience, and that sometimes you will be in the depths as others have been.
This is just what our Jesus experienced, the very depths of alienation and separation from perfect unity with the Father. He felt the crushing weight of your sin and my sin, and bore a physical agony few of us have ever known. Yet, in the depths, He too waited. He waited with hope and the assurance that His sacrifice would satisfy God’s holy justice. This is what Easter is all about.
In Christ, waiting is possible. We will not be overcome because He waited in the grave three days to rise victorious over death and every taste of death. For us…it was all for us.