A Biblical View of WaitingRich Stigall
Dictionary.com defines waiting as “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens.” The Bible provides a much more active perspective.
While Noah waited for rain, he built a boat. While Jacob waited for a wife, he worked for her uncle. While David waited to be king, he led men into battle. These are a few of the “waiting AND working” stories of those who serve the Lord, and they continue today. At GO, we do not view waiting as the absence of activity, but rather holding fast to the promises of God while being about His work.
Years ago, God gave Pastor Altagracias in the Dominican Republic the passion for His Church to care for His children. The last three years, Pastor Altagracias and la iglesia Restoracion have worked and waited. Land and buildings. Waited and worked. Meetings and filings. Working and waiting, but still no children…
Last week, we received this e-mail: “We received the articles of incorporation back from the government. Brisas, the children’s community, has been approved. Altagracias will visit the government tomorrow (wants to see if they will take her first thing in the am). If not, she will go Thursday. As we discussed yesterday, there is still work to be done, but this was the hardest step!”
The call for the Church to care for orphans and the promise from God to be their Father is as Biblical as any of the Old Testament classic examples mentioned above. So, we will continue to work, while we trust in God’s promise, waiting for Him to finish what He started at Brisas.