July 9, 2019

Psalm 25:1-5 …“Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” vs. 5
This computer age that has come upon us without our permission or asking has done a number on our patience. Waiting for anything has gotten more and more difficult, e.g. when internet connections are slow we are driven to distraction…even a few seconds can seem like an eternity. That impatience can even show up in our spiritual journeys, though the psalmist doesn’t seem to have had that issue. In fact he tells us that he’s willing to wait all day long for divine direction and clarity. He wasn’t expecting immediate gratification. There’s good guidance in what he says. We don’t have all the answers for the tough questions of life…the truth is often many-sided and complicated. So we really do need direction from God and sometimes waiting is essential. Impetuously heading off on the path dictated by our impulses can get us in a peck of trouble. Still, it’s really, really hard to wait, particularly when everyone around us is expecting action. In the end it comes down to a matter of trust: do we have a God who cares or not? For the psalmist there was no question, God was his salvation. He was willing to wait—eventually the truth would be made clear. And so it is for us! Clarity will come, and really, the waiting will do us good. In fact, it’s the only way we’ll ever learn patience!
Thought for the Day: What am I waiting for?