How many times have you heard someone say, “The Lord is waiting on you?” Or, “God is waiting to see what you’re going to do.”
Yes, God is patient.
Yes, God is longsuffering.
Yes, God gives us time to change and grow.
But, does He really ‘wait’ on us?
Why does Isaiah Chapter 30 say…
Isaiah 30:18 (NKJV)
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him
Think about this…
God exists outside of time.
He is the first and last…
The beginning and the end.
He already knows every decision we will make. From His perspective everything in our future has already happened…and you can’t WAIT for what has already happened. You can’t ‘wait’ to read the sentence you just read.
When the bible says God is waiting it means He is giving us time. It’s for our benefit.
When you’re in a deep sleep, when you’re under anesthesia, unconscious or even in a coma, you are outside time. Those INSIDE time are waiting for you to get up, but you are unaware of time.
That’s why some children go to sleep early on Christmas Eve…because they don’t want to wait for Christmas, so they STEP outside of time in sleep, so they don’t have to wait.
God delays His wrath.
God delays His judgment.
But, He who is not within the boundaries of time doesn’t have to wait.
I think waiting should be added to list of things God can’t do…
2 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.