Hope And Wait

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Lamentations 3:26

The previous verse told us that “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”  This verse tells us that it is good for us to both hope and “quietly wait” for the salvation of the Lord.

I would say that, for myself, having hope is far easier than “quietly waiting.”  We have seen the power that hope in the Lord possesses in the last few verses.  Jeremiah tells us in verse 18 that his strength and hope had perished, but he got them back in verse 21 when he began to remember the Lord’s tender mercies and compassion.  Hope is a powerful thing.  His mercy and compassion (and the fact that they are “new every morning”-vs. 23) give us hope. 

“Quietly waiting,” on the other hand, is not always so easy.  Quietly waiting takes patience, meekness, wisdom and strength; none of which are common in human nature.  When I see things on the news or hear stories or read comments about people who hate the Lord, it makes me very angry.  When I see blasphemous things being joked about, it makes me want to “bust some heads,” in Christian love, of course. 🙂  But that is not how we should operate.  Sometimes I almost wish God would just send fire from Heaven and devour people who mock His Holy name.  But I am told to “hope and quietly wait” for the salvation of the Lord.  Simon Peter took a sword and attacked one of the men who had come for Jesus.  Jesus rebuked him and went humbly to the cross for you and me.

Sometimes my pride wants to get belligerent and wants to take matters into my own hands.  But we have been told to “hope and quietly wait” for the salvation of the Lord.  The next time we find ourselves in this type of situation, it would be wise to remember these words: “…quietly wait…”

7 responses to this post.

  1. Amen my brother Amen!!! 😀 😀 Love you and do have a wonderful day.


  2. Thank you, Ben

    ““…quietly wait…””

    Slowly but surely getting there 🙂



  3. I need to do some of that quiet waiting tonight. Versus loud impulsiveness. ! Thank you for posting this right when I need it most! God bless you as you wait too!


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