David Mathis is executive editor for desiring and pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis.He is a husband, father of four, and author of Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines.And the pains of waiting seem even more pronounced in mom and dad.From gestation, parenting has challenged our patience, and exposed its lack, with embarrassing frequency and depth.Yes, he brings hope, he renews my faith, and he gives me strength to keep going.
Waiting on God is a regular refrain in the life of faith.
He was really nice for a while, but then he started liking one of my best friends....
" I often find myself grumbling, tired of waiting, tired of trying to hang onto hope as the months and years slip away and so many questions remain unanswered.
We “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7); we are a people “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus ).
The church is that community which has “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:9–10), knowing that when he appears, he comes “to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews ).