It’s The Suspense That Gets Me…
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:25-26 (NKJV)
I am a huge fan of old Bugs Bunny cartoons. As a kid they were, what my daughter may say, “Da Bomb Diggity”. I can remember my Saturday mornings being full of Loonie Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons. I couldn’t wait until those dare TV commercials were finished so we could get to the next cartoon. As I have gone back to watch them over the years it turns out that I have become a bigger fan of Bugs Bunny one-liners. And I don’t mean the classic “What’s up, doc?” I mean stuff like, “It would be a cat-a-strophe if a calamity were to happen to this serene scene” or “I dares ya to step over dis line.” This morning, “It’s the suspense that gets me.”
We also have one-liners in Christianity. Stuff like “God is good, all the time” and “What would Jesus do?” come to mind. But the one-liner that always gets me is “Pray and wait upon The Lord.” What? Two action words with the promise result not exactly in the forecast? Huh? And we tend to say or hear this infamous one-liner when a result for an action from YHVH is at an almost imperative to our lives. Well I’m here to tell ya, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages…”It’s the suspense that gets me.” And somewhere along the line I think it gets to all of us in some way or another, however, the writer of Lamentations saw it a different way.
Being somewhat of a melancholy, I am quite the fan of Jeremiah and more importantly what he wrote in the third chapter of Lamentations. As I follow along in the chapter I remember my affliction, my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall. And the whole time I read it I wonder will God ever rescue me from what I’ve done to myself? And then, there it is, a promise from Him, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” His Mercy!! This is the answer I’ve prayed for but then comes this…
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.” Huh?
The dictionary I’ve got says the word wait is a verb but let me tell ya…there ain’t much action going with waiting. Well ya know what? Let’s see what the apostle Paul says about this hope and waiting stuff, he was an action guy. We’ll look in the Book of Romans and there in 8:24-25, “For in this hope we were saved. (good stuff) Now hope that is seen is not hope. (got it) For who hopes for what he sees? (true) But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Oh…there it is. Patience. That’s what is missing to my dilemma. Without it then it is the suspense that gets me, sometimes the better of me. Hmmm!!
I wouldn’t have been a good prophet in Old Testament times. It seemed as if their hope and patience were always being tested by either God or people. Oh, wait a minute that is still the case today. The difference, for all of us, today is…are you ready…I’m gonna share this…hold on…wait for it…Jesus Christ!! Jesus is the salvation promised us, the hope we can’t see but an assurance we can count on. But you can’t let the suspense get to you. The people of the OT waited and hoped for The LORD’s deliverance for a long time and when He came He was in a manager under a star. So, unlike an explosion in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, Jesus says with a soft quiet voice, Come all you are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Amen? Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This: “Learning to wait on God is worth it. The benefits include the ability to influence others in godliness, the certainty of God’s blessings, a deeper knowledge of Scripture, a growing patience and forgiveness of others, and a certain hope to sustain us even in the darkest times.”—Stephen Eyre
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is.” 1 John 3:2 (NLT)