“Wait for Adonai. Be strong, let Your heart take courage, and wait for Adonai“.

Psalm 27:14

Throughout scripture, we find continual encouragement to wait for the Lord. This is often very difficult for us, especially when we find ourselves in a tough situation. Maybe I should speak for myself here, but I am confident in saying I am not the only one guilty of taking matters into my own hands when it seems God is not moving fast enough. After pleading with God to not turn him over to the desire of his foes and false witnesses who rose against him, David shared his confidence in the Lord and encourages us to wait for Adonai (Ps. 27:14).

I believe we also fail to recognize that God is and has been waiting patiently for us. Yeshua (Jesus) tells John “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20). God promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:8; Heb. 13:5). While we are prone to walking away from God, He knocks at the door and waits to dine with us. Though we leave Him, He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He waits for us to return to him. To leave our own desires behind and to live according to His word and will for us. Why? Because He “is not slow in keeping His promise, as some consider slowness. Rather, He is being patient toward you—not wanting anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

God waits patiently for us, even as the world seems to be moving further away from Him and we seem to be getting more sinful. Even as we devise more cruel ways to harm each other and grow in our selfish desires. The Lord is waiting for us to realize that He has never left us but has remained in our midst and given us His word to guide us along the way. The Lord is waiting for us, when will we realize this and turn. God is patient with us, but there is a set time when the present age will come to an end (Matt 24). It may not be in our lifetime, but we only have our lifetime to take hold of His promises. We only have our lifetime to take hold of life through faith in Messiah Yeshua.