“What took you so long?!”

by Pastor Mark Jordan

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.” (Isaiah 30:18, NLT)

A couple weeks ago I shared a story in worship about how my relationship with Tiffany began. I knew she was interested in me, but I was afraid her getting to know me might actually spoil those feelings. So what did I do? I drug my feet. When the time came that I couldn’t wait any longer, I asked her out on a Sunday evening for a plate of nachos the following Friday…a Friday the 13th, no less. When I asked, she quite literally dropped her purse, slugged me in the arm, and exclaimed, “What took you so long?!” Eventually I told her that I feared she wouldn’t like me when she really got to know me. My lack of self worth cost me at least six-weeks in a relationship that would come to reshape my life.

I chose today’s verse because it focuses on how God waits for us. Most of the aspects of waiting in scripture refer to people who have to wait on God. Not this one, though; at least not in its entirety. This verse gives us the picture of a Lord who waits on us to realize we need Him so He can lavish His everlasting love with us.

God is longing to be in a relationship with you, His precious child! Sometimes you have to get over your lack of self worth, get over your past, or just get over yourself to accept the reality that God wants you! And when you do offer that invitation, God might very well ask, “What took you so long?!” But understand this: it is not in a condescending or judgmental fashion, but one of excitement and compassionate interest.

If you have been holding out on God, don’t any longer. He is sending you the signs and signals to woo you. He wants that loving relationship with you. Drop everything and accept that offer. It will change your life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. Forgive me the times I don’t give you enough credit, thinking you couldn’t love me if you really knew me. Help me to remember the truth that I am able to love because you first loved me, and in the name of Jesus, you saved me so we can be bound together for all eternity. It’s in that same precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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