Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Daniel 12:5-13; Ephesians 1:7-14

the word waiting in neon script

Ephesians chapter one is just one of those passages that I love. You can sense the excitement of Paul as he pours out his heart to this congregation. It feels like if he were saying this to you, the pace of his speaking would be getting faster and faster. He seems to be almost overwhelmed in his joy.

I think that sometimes that we think he is so excited simply because of his own salvation. But, I think there’s something else going on here.

When I read Ephesians 1 next to Daniel 12 and Psalm 107, I remember again that Paul is writing from a context. But, not just any context, a religious context that had been in place for nearly 1000 years. The people of God had been waiting and hoping for a really long time to see God make good on his promises.

For Paul, God finally had!

God had made good on his promises displaying his grace.

This long awaited for moment had finally arrived and Paul was overwhelmed by joy because God had proved faithful.

I think one of the things that I am left with is where is my faithfulness? Can I trust that God will make good on promises? How long will I wait for God to do anything? Ten minutes?

I am praying that I would learn patient faithfulness. If I could, then I imagine I would walk through life with a greater sense of joy because I would have a greater sense of God’s grace.

Can I wait?