We live in a “right now” world. Overnight delivery. Microwave dinners. Fast food. High-speed internet. We are forgetting how to wait, forgetting how to persevere. A week-long series of devotionals in anticipation of Reformation Day begins with speaking about the courage (yes, courage!) it takes to wait…
As we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century, we have witnessed the advent of new and innovative technologies. From iPhones and iPods, to YouTube, MySpace and Twitter, the method of communicating and transferring information has dramatically changed. It is no secret that it is much easier now than 20 years ago to move knowledge, insight and information around the globe. But at what cost? The recent economic crisis has shown us that now more than ever we reside in a microwaveable society, where human beings need and want everything right now. We have to have a house, right now. We have to have a new career, right now. We have to have the latest clothes, computer or car, right now.
The Reformation reminds those of us in the body of Christ of the need to develop the courage to wait; and not just wait for new things, but wait for God to renew our minds, body and soul. The early reformers of the church had a mission: to bring the church back to a Bible-centred approach in regard to its doctrine and practices. Reform was (and is) not easy; but through many trials and tribulations, the reformers did not give up or give in. They had the courage to wait for renewal to come; to the church, in particular, and the body of Christ as a whole. As Isaiah 40:31 so eloquently states, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
For Discussion: Talk about something you thought was important, that you had to wait for. Was it a new toy? Summer vacation? Your favourite TV show season premiere? Now think about how we wait for something much more important: God’s renewal in our lives.
Prayer: God, we ask you to give us the courage to wait for You to renew us, in mind, body and soul. Amen.
— written for CRC Home Missions by Ed Rockett