Text of the Week

Iain Gibb
Iain Gibb

‘How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?’ (Psalm 13:1)

David opens this Psalm by asking the question “How long?” four times.

His problems must have been going on a long time, and wearing him down.

That is how we feel when it takes longer than we expect to recover from sickness, or pay off debts, or find work, or someone is bullying us, or we are facing any one or perhaps multiples of other problems.

David waited so long that he thought God had forgotten him, and it almost led him into depression.

However, he turned the corner when he said to God: “I have trusted in your steadfast love.”

Here are three important lessons I have learned about waiting.

First, if God has ordained a waiting time for us, he means us to use it wisely.

Somebody once said: “Wherever you are, be all there.”

Be fully present in today and glorify God in it. Don’t stop doing what has to be done today because of frustration about something else.

Second, trust God to get his timing right, as well as his decisions.

Another wise person said: “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Third, one day, Jesus Christ will return and the waiting will be over, but until then it’s not wrong to keep crying out “How long, O Lord?”

In a season of waiting, how can you glorify God?

Iain Gibb

Olivet Evangelical Church