Wait for It


Sometimes we wait for other people to answer the questions and fill the holes in our hearts. But often, it doesn’t happen. The people we are counting on let us down. We are all human. We all have our share of needs and struggles. We get to help each other out a lot—that’s part of the beauty of being human. But ultimately we are not the answer for one another’s problems. We will never be able to meet everyone’s expectations. We will never be able to give people all the affirmation, the affection, and the answers they need. We can never be enough or do enough to truly satisfy other people. And on the flipside, no one and nothing out there will be able to do that for us, either. Not our spouses. Not our kids. Not our friends. Not our achievements or prosperity or fame or possessions. I’m not saying those things are unnecessary. They are gifts from God, and they bring a lot of happiness and joy. But ultimately, they can’t fill the voids in our hearts. They can’t bring us lasting satisfaction or security. That’s why Jesus came to earth. He is the Savior we are all looking for. He brings us peace with God and peace with ourselves. He shows us how to live fulfilled, satisfied lives.

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

I wait for the LORD

more than watchmen wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.

(Psalm 130:5–6 NIV)”

If we hang our hat on the hope that our best friend will be with us forever, or that our kids will make us happy, or that our job will provide security, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. If we are waiting for people and circumstances to make us feel fulfilled and complete, we’re going to be waiting a long time. But if we wait on God, we won’t be disappointed. He will never forget about us. He will never abandon us. He provides the inner peace and completeness that we all need. Maybe you’ve found yourself struggling lately to find happiness in your circumstances. Maybe the things you thought would bring you peace have come and gone, and the void is still there. Your longing for peace is normal, healthy, and right. God put it within you. But it was meant to lead you to him. He is the God of peace, and knowing him is the path to being at peace with yourself.

And that’s worth waiting for.

Excerpt From

Life Is _____ Forty-Day Experience

Judah Smith