“Then you will know that I am the LORD;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”
So many times in the Bible, we read statements about waiting for the Lord. Assurances that He will hear us, that He will answer, that He will come. God is emphasizing to us—declaring to our hearts with all authority—that He will never let us down.
When we’re waiting, we can’t see what He’s doing. We have to trust Him in the darkness and the unknown, in what looks to us like inaction. Our faith is proved in the waiting as we choose to believe that He is faithful and true, not just in a generic sense, but very personally to us.
If God didn’t come through for each of His children, we would be left ashamed. Our beliefs would be revealed as lies, false hopes to which we were foolishly clinging. Faith would be shattered and hope would be gone. And we would be on our own to try and pick up the pieces.
But that will never happen for those who trust in and wait for the Living God. The One who loved us enough to come and die so that we could know Him. The One who has declared we will never be forgotten by Him. There is no risk here, only steadfast assurance that He will come. He may not come as we expect, but He will come. With all power and glory and grace.
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
and the prey of the tyrant be rescued,
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
and I will save your children….
Then all flesh shall know
that I am the LORD your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.”
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun,
who rides through the heavens to your help,
through the skies in his majesty.”
“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the LORD your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.
You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.”
“He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’”