Wait Patiently in Times of Distress

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.  – Lamentations 3:25-27, ESV

There’s a lot going wrong in the world today. Regardless of what you believe or what your politics are, you can probably compile a list of things you wish were fixed or corrected. There are wars everywhere. People starve. Injustice still happens, even within nations who proclaim hundreds of years of an established legal system. I’m sure you could add many more. 

For the Christian, seeing so many things wrong should be distressing. We know that this isn’t the way the world should be. But sin is present in all of us and the Enemy endeavors to destroy all which God has created, including us. The reality is that we have no individual power to fix the major things. We can add our voices to the call to correction, but most of us can’t pick something and say, “I’m going to make it right,” and have the power and capability to solve the problem. 

This isn’t to say we give up. Scripture tells us to continue fighting for the orphan, the widowed, the poor. We are to be there for our brothers and sisters regardless of their state or ours. We must strive for the ideals God has called us to while realizing that there are some things we aren’t going to fix and, due to sin and the Enemy, new problems will continue to occur until Jesus’ promised return. 

The fight can become discouraging. The cost of sin, especially our personal sin, can cause us to despair. God knew this would occur with us and He used Jeremiah to put into  words that which we sometimes feel, especially when we look around and wonder what happened. The good news is Jeremiah doesn’t just describe he despair. He also provides a solution: 

Wait for the better times. Continue to seek after Christ. Do so quietly, knowing that these troubles are to be expected, that we can bear them, and that they will come to an end. 

In the rest of Lamentations Jeremiah answers the question, “How will God respond if we obey this series of commands?” God hears. God tells us not to fear. He restores and redeems us. God will correct the wrongs (warning, that means our wrongs, too). We may have doubts. We may continue to call out to God. But He will take care of the things that trouble us. And He will make us right again. What a great encouragement!

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