How Well Do You Wait?
Updated: Feb 12
"We are too often double espresso followers of a decaf Sovereign."
- John Ortberg
John Ortberg, a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois wrote a book called, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat (Zondervan, 2001) from which these quotes are taken:
"The ability to wait well is a test of maturity...
"The ability to control impulses, the refusal to live in patient waiting and trust, lies close to the heart of human fallenness.
"Paul says that while we are waiting for God to set everything right, we suffer. But suffering produces endurance; endurance, character; and character, hope. God is producing those qualities in us as we wait. Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. It is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.
"What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Let's start with a word about what biblical waiting is not. It is not a passive waiting around for somethin