How Much Longer

One of the necessary evils of today’s world has become waiting on hold. Whether it be technical support, an insurance adjuster, or a visit to the doctor’s office, at some point in time we find ourselves waiting.

As difficult as this is for most of us, we try to find something to do that will diminish the boredom, or do some task that makes us feel accomplished. Many of us ask the question, “How much longer?”

There is not one person reading this devotion right now that has not asked God, “How much longer?” How much longer must I suffer? How much longer until I am healed, helped, or made emotionally whole once again? How much longer until you, O God, reveal yourself in this time of heartache?

Scripture is full of examples and illustrations of what the people of God did in their time of questioning how much longer. Their example gives us some things to ponder and do while we wait.

1. Exchange Human Weakness for God’s Strength

Isaiah 40:31 says, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary.”

2. Exchange Worry for Rest

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious for anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and then the peace that surpasses all understanding will come upon you and give you rest.”

As you wait on God, take this time to be strengthened and find rest.

Randall Duckett