We’re learning from Daniel this week about how to become a person of excellence. Daniel’s faith and connection to God gave him the wisdom to choose what was right. But it wasn’t enough to know when to say yes and when to say no in the heat of the moment. Daniel also relied on God’s strength to continually make those decisions for the long haul.
I’m sure Daniel prayed each day for God to intervene and free the captive Israelites. Each morning he must have thought, surely today is the day God will rescue us! But Daniel’s captivity would end up lasting seventy years.
Maybe you’re like me, I want things to resolve quickly. Think about it, we despise the word delay. Delayed flights. Delayed shipping. Traffic delays. We HATE to wait! Part of growing as a follower of Jesus is realizing that waiting isn’t just to be tolerated, but practiced! Patiently waiting helps us accept that we are not in control. Daniel learned to wait. And it took seven decades of faithful waiting for God’s plan to slowly unfold.
The Christian life is really an invitation to finally accept that circumstances, even life, may not resolve. It is learning that things sometimes will just have to be in a holding pattern, maybe until the day Jesus returns for us. That doesn’t mean we don’t live or plan. But it does mean that we will be required to adjust our expectations. The most common pastoral conversations I have with discouraged people usually center around their unmet expectations of God. It’s easy for us to think we know better than He does.
Re-read today’s verse, Psalm 27:14. Read it out loud. Notice any tension you might have between what God is doing and when you expect Him to do it. Are you willing to wait?