“Yet, the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are those who wait for him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

God’s people have once again wandered away from obeying him. And, once again, God proclaims his desire for them to turn back.

Through Isaiah, God again expresses his desire to show compassion even while being just. These are truths we could certainly gain a lot from unpacking. Maybe another time. It’s the word “wait” in this verse where we will focus for this post.

The word “wait” here gets at the idea of an 11th hour or last-minute kind of waiting. In other words, God will wait as long as he can for us to turn to him. Further, we are blessed when we wait as long as necessary for him to act.

Never Give Up

God never gives up, and we shouldn’t either. He waits for the prodigal to return, and so should we. Even when the situation appears impossibly hopeless, he waits until the exact, perfect moment to show that “all things are possible with God” (Luke 1:37).

Our role in this? Patience. Hope. Trust. Faith. Waiting with eager expectation.

How do we know all this? Check out these verses for the answer.