I Just Couldn’t Wait


In 1526, Martin Luther wrote an exposition on Psalm 130.  Verse 5, “I wait for the Lord.”

“There are some people who want to show God the goal and to determine the time and suggest how they wish to be helped.  If things do not turn out as they wish, they give up or look elsewhere for help. They don’t wait for God, rather God should wait for them and be ready at once to help in the manner they have planned.  But those who truly wait for God ask for grace and they leave it to God’s good pleasure how, where and when he will help.  They don’t despair, and do not name how the help should come.  They leave it to God to baptize and name it.  But whoever names the help does not receive it, for he does not wait and allow the counsel, will and tarrying of God.”

Luther’s remarks fit into Advent, the season of waiting, but I just couldn’t wait to share his wisdom.



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