Make It Count

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? Isaiah 40:21

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
Isaiah 20:26a

After nearly 50 years spent in exile, Isaiah had an important question for the people: Have you forgotten God?

Imagine being in their place, away from your homeland, outcasts, exiles in a ruling country. Your once tight-knit community of faith now exists in a place where you don’t feel you belong. If someone then came along and said to have faith you’ll return to your homeland, how would you feel?

Isaiah wants his people to remember how great God is.

What does it mean to wait? Waiting is typically thought of as an inactive, passive condition. How much, though, is happening while we wait? Think of a spouse waiting for a soldier to return home. This might be active waiting, perusing through photos and letters. Waiting for a light to turn green, you can choose to be patient or impatient. You can’t change the circumstances, only accept them. These are opportunities to exercise the patient muscles in our souls.

We think of waiting as a trying time, but it can be transformative.
Isaiah urged his listeners to trust in God’s faithfulness and to have the humility to allow the mystery of God’s work to unfold over time. God does indeed invite us to be active participants and partners in his work, but sometimes, he wants us to wait, trusting that he’s in the midst of creating something great for us, but that waiting is an active waiting. It isn’t sitting on our laurels with no sense of responsibility to the task at hand.

Make the waiting count.

— Trent Sessoms