Playing the waiting game is the pinnacle of anxiety-inducing activities.
The majority of our lives is spent waiting. Society has even constructed rooms that we actively refer to as waiting rooms. This is probably why medical and dental offices are the subject of many nightmares.
We wait for job offers and relationships. We wait in lines and in traffic. We wait for things to get better, and some even wait for things to get worse. We worry that the only thing we will ever do is wait. Wait and worry – the sugar and spice of life.
Worry is the antithesis of faith. Worry is humanity’s attempt to convince ourselves that a problem or circumstance is too much for God to handle. Still, God asks us to wait upon Him, which, in our minds, often produces more worry and anxiety.
When the waiting seems like too much—or anxiety about the future or a problem suddenly surfaces—Peter’s admonition to humble ourselves under God’s hand and cast our anxieties on Him is comforting.
Godly waiting involves submitting to God’s unknowable plan. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.This verse seems to acknowledge God is aware that not knowing the future He has planned will produce extreme bouts of anxiety in our feeble hearts. But He’s also providing a way of escape from our torment. We escape our anxiety by admitting He’s in control and confessing the things we’re afraid of.
The God of the universe is working for those who humbly pursue Him. He bends down to listen to His children’s anxieties. The only thing we never have to wait for is time alone with our Father.
When anxiety, worry, and waiting seem to be the only three adjectives describing your life, remember to humble yourself before God and cast your anxieties on Him.
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