March 9, 2022

Paulina De La Fuente
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7

Does the idea of waiting instinctively irk anybody else? The wording “in due time” is not the easiest for me to get behind. And yet, as I look at this verse closer, I can start to identify how it gives us guidance for what it looks like to wait on God well. Humility and dependence jump out at me as qualities of waiting. As I look back into my own life, I can see where my pride and inclination towards independence make times of waiting frustrating and full of desperation and hopelessness.

However, if, even in our most impatient waiting, we surrender humbly to God’s timing and His sovereign hand, depending on and entrusting our worries over to Him, He helps each of us learn to wait well. Our whole lives seem to be seasons of waiting in one way or the other. And ultimately, our greatest and deepest longing is to be reunited with our Heavenly Father in heaven. Something only Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection could have achieved for us.

I wonder how much the condition of our hearts would change in our waiting if we really lived out what these verses teach us, with humility and dependence on God.