Read: Galatians 5:1-6
No one likes to wait. Waiting outside the doctor’s or dentist’s office is quite an unpleasant time. Somehow, we would like to get the job done and leave. But for the Christian, waiting on God is a way of life. Paul the apostle spent much of his early Christian life alone, learning to wait. In Gal. 5:5, he says, “We through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”
Matthew Henry explained why waiting is an essential discipline for a true disciple of Jesus. He said, “Here we observe what Christians are waiting for – the hope of righteousness, the happiness of the other world. This is called the hope of Christians, the great object of their hope, which they desire and pursue above everything else. Though a life of righteousness leads to this happiness, yet it is the righteousness of Christ alone which has procured it for us. We also learn how Christians hope to obtain this happiness by faith in Jesus Christ, not by the works of the law, or anything they can do to deserve it, but only by faith, receiving and relying on Him as the Lord, our righteousness. We also see how Christians are waiting for the hope of righteousness – through the Spirit. They act under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit. Under His conduct and by His assistance, they are both persuaded and enabled to believe on Christ, and to look for the hope of righteousness through Him.”
When you have someone to wait with you, then the long wait does not seem to be long. You have been given such a companion – the Holy Spirit. His presence can help you view disappointments as divine appointments. Can you commit your waiting moments to Him? Ask Him for insight in knowing how to use each delay and postponement for eternal purposes. And as you wait, meditate on the ultimate hope of righteousness – eternal life with Jesus Christ.