Christian Pilgrim


139. Waiting to be Gracious

Isaiah 30:18 – “And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

This passage is often interpreted as God on His knees waiting for us to respond to Him. Such an idea is quite wrong. The text actually says “blessed are all they that wait for Him,” not God waiting for us to do something.

Yes, we need to repent (v.15):

In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

But the Lord will provide repentance in His own good time (although our duty is to seek for it, whilst at the same time recognising our inability).