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The LORD is Merciful and Gracious

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“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a GOD of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 30:18

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Whenever we feel that we have to wait, there is a sensation of unpleasantness or of nervousness because we feel that there should never be a wait time. In restaurants, if the wait time is over thirty minutes, we start to question what is taking so long. With fast food, the order needs to be almost instantly ready. When we order from Amazon, we expect packages to arrive in two days. After getting used to this, we may begin to feel like other important aspects of our lives need to flow just as quickly.

This is not necessarily the case for everything in our lives. When traveling through the desert, the Israelites wanted to get to the promised land in a hurry instead of appreciating what the LORD had done for them. We want practicality and timeliness without understanding that some things take time. It feels like everything needs to be done on our timetable when it is actually the LORD to decide the timing. We are not to grow impatient and feel that we are behind or not on time.

The LORD may be developing us as we go along and may want us to wait in order to grow stronger in faith. He wants to show His love and mercy for our mistakes and for our grumblings. If we serve the LORD in everything we do, then there is no need to feel that things have to happen right away. It is the LORD who will decide while we continue to pray, grow in faith, read scripture, sing, and praise Him. While we help those who need Him and while we learn to use our previous mistakes as a staircase to reach to the highest of our potential.

Queen Esther was able to provide so much influence on the Persian Empire when the LORD decided to place her near to the King after being raised by her cousin Mordecai. She was able to defend the Jewish people through careful decision making and strategy. King David started by being a shepherd to his father’s sheep and eventually after some time would grow into a leader and protector. That specific wait time allows us to see His grace and mercy in our lives. He provides mercy and grace to us when we least deserve it and grows us in His time.

Therefore, we are blessed if we wait on Him. The question for many would be “How could waiting be a blessing?” The answer is that it strengthens our character and makes us understand from a different point of view. A point of view that is far larger than the one we have. The LORD is the LORD of justice, and He blesses us by allowing us to develop our strength and character in the waiting time.

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