Waiting For You

Lamentations 3:25-27

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he bear
    the yoke in his youth.

The Book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah.  He is lamenting, or mourning the destruction of Israel.

In these verses, Jeremiah talks about patience and diligence.

God does not suddenly appear in our lives.  It’s not one day you’re ignorant of God and the next day you’ve developed this deep passion for God.  Seeking and finding God is something you do day after day, year after year.  The more you seek the more you learn and in turn the more you seek to learn.  It is a never ending habit of expanding your knowledge, faith and righteousness.

This is why diligence, patience and commitment are so important and this is why Jeremiah writes in verse 25:

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.

But really, we are not waiting on God.  God is waiting on us to learn and seek the righteous life that God presents to us every day.  God is waiting for us to understand and move towards God.

It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Seeking the Lord is a subtle endeavor in life.  It’s not a loud proclamation that is paraded in front of the congregation each week.  It’s simply a daily, life long quest.  Each day we observe and learn.  Each day as we increase our knowledge of God, we increase our thirst for learning more.

Jeremiah is saying it is good to shut up, listen, and learn.  By doing so, each day you will see more of the salvation of God.

In verse 27, Jeremiah writes the words that most intrigued me about these verses:

It is good for a man that he bear
    the yoke in his youth.

Some commentaries written about these verses said it is better to bear the yoke of God’s commandments in our youth, when we are passionate about God and life.  My take was a little bit different.

The yoke that Jeremiah is referencing is not the yoke of God’s commandments.  God’s laws are not a yoke or burden.  God’s laws are a discipline to follow that will ease your burden in life.

The yoke that Jeremiah is referring to is the burden we pay for the consequences of our actions.   The consequences of bad decisions can be a heavy burden to bear.  We will all make mistakes in life, every day throughout our lives. We make our mistakes, experience the consequences, and hopefully learn.

So the time to make the big mistakes, the bad decisions and suffer the consequences is in your youth.  This is when you still have the strength, energy and time to recover from them.

It’s like your retirement plan.  In your youth, your twenties, thirties and even forties, you can be aggressive, take some risks.  You will suffer some setbacks but you’ll have time to recover and keep growing your nest egg.  Hopefully you will gain enough financial knowledge that you won’t make poor investment decisions with the hope of getting rich quick.

As you get older, and closer to retirement, you cannot afford to suffer as many loses.  You are running out of time to recover.  But through the mistakes of your early investments you’ve learned how to protect your nest egg.  The older you get the more conservative you become.

There are some who risk and lose everything for quick fixes.  They think they can avoid all the work but they never accumulate anything.  In turn they blame their situation on a “rigged” system, a system rigged to benefit everyone but them.  Throughout their life they deny the consequences of their actions.

And there are some who never bother to start saving.  The future will take care of itself, someone will take care of me.  Again, they blame their consequences on a “rigged” system.

So it is with God.  In our youth we make the mistakes of the spirit and the flesh.  Then we begin to realize the consequences of those mistakes.  We bear the burden, learn and recover.

This is how we seek the Lord, we make mistakes, suffer the consequences, recover and move on.  Each day we intensify our quest for God and righteousness.

It’s never too late to save for retirement.  It just means you have to work that much harder, and be more disciplined.   You can recover, it just the older you start, the heavier the yoke.

Live life, experience and learn in your youth.  You will make the mistakes and suffer the consequences but you will have the time to recover.  From the knowledge gained you may be able to avoid the pitfalls of ignorance in your later years, when recovery is harder.

You seek God by living and experiencing life each day, observing, listening and taking it all in.  God is waiting for us.

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