Be Courageous…and WAIT!!

knight waiting patientlyWaiting and courage seem like polar opposites don’t they? We typically think of courage as an action word. When someone takes a risk, steps out in faith, stands up to injustice, sacrifices themselves, whatever it is…that is what we think of as courage. So why the challenge to wait?

This past week I noticed something in Scripture that stood out to me.  Psalm 27:14 says Wait patiently for the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

There is a lot of power packed into that one verse. Be courageous…and wait?

I started thinking. I wonder if it actually takes more courage to wait than it does to act. Sometimes we act, not out of courage or faith but out of impatience with God don’t we?  If we’re honest, a lot of times we act because God hasn’t acted for us in the way we asked or expected.

I don’t have the resources to afford the lifestyle I want so I’ll finance it!

I’m single and long to be married but it’s taking too long so I settle!

I’m a pastor and don’t like the church I serve in so I search for something that fits “me” better!

I could go on and on with examples of courageous waiting. Maybe it takes more courage to wait sometimes that it does to act.

What are you needing to wait on that requires courage? Keep waiting. Be brave and courageous and keep waiting!

Jeff Maness
I am a follower of Jesus first, husband to a beautiful wife, father to four amazing children, lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, WY, and blogger of all things life.

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