30th May 2014

Waiting For God 

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV UK)

At the time of the ascension of Jesus the angels told the disciples that Jesus would return again. Since then Christians have waited eagerly for the Second Coming. 

When my family lived in Kenya, Africa, it was common for people to employ a watchman. It was part of the local economy. Robbery was a real concern, and we knew a number of friends whose homes had been burgled.

 Our watchman was called Joel, and he was from the Kikuyu tribe. Joel worked from 6.30pm to 6.30am, which near the equator means from sunset to sunrise. Sometimes, when I couldn’t sleep, or when I woke up early, I would observe him from the window. He would walk around the outside of the house, or sit in the guard-box by the gate, always on duty while he waited for the morning to come. 

In Psalm 130 David uses the imagery of a watchman waiting for his shift to end to describe the context of our waiting for God to act in our lives. It may be that we are waiting for the answer to a prayer, or for healing, or for some other intervention, or for Jesus to return. Whatever it is, we wait in certain anticipation, in “hope” as noted above. I remember a cold, stormy Nairobi night with torrential rain, and I thought how much Joel must have yearned for the dawn. David tells us to wait for God more than the watchman waits for morning. 

Waiting is not one of our society’s strengths. We become so easily impatient. We feel the Internet is slow and get annoyed with it. Our partner doesn’t get our point and we get irritated with him or her. What makes you impatient? Is it God? Does God not respond as quickly as you feel he should? Why has Jesus not returned yet? 

Jesus himself also discussed the idea of watching. He explained that the world would continue its usual godless trajectory but those who follow Jesus would “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42). 

Let’s not be impatient with God who works within his sovereign power and time. God will answer; he will intervene; he will come  – just as surely as the sun will rise. In the meantime let our “whole being wait” unreservedly, as David wrote. 

Take a lesson David, and wait for God “more than watchmen wait for the morning”. 

Father, help me always please, through your Spirit, to wait for you. In Jesus’name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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