Worship in the Waiting

While all of Scripture serves as revelation, there are some narratives allowing us to see more than we’re often comfortable with. In Job, for example, we’re shown “the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them” (Job 1:6 NLT). What the… ?! This seriously messes with my clean, tapered concept of Heaven and the presence of the Lord.

Then there’s the Garden of Gethsemane, where we see Jesus with higher levels of anxiety than I’ve ever felt. In this He cries three times, “Dad, don’t make me do this.” Yet He concludes in submission, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” Our theology is then faced with the Father and the Son having opposing wills. How in the… ?!

No less disorienting is the memoir of Daniel as he heard from a Heavenly being after three weeks of anguish and mourning. “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request had been heard in Heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way” (Dan.10 NLT). Aahhh…?!!? I’ve admittedly spent too much time wrestling with the idea of how this works, what it could mean, and how much this might look like Keanu Reeves in Constantine. But there is a much simpler application to understand for now.

For three weeks Daniel’s anguish and mourning would not subside. The context and circumstance surrounding him were still in tact. And from his perspective, Heaven appeared to be silent, preoccupied, or simply uninterested. For three excruciating weeks. But we soon discover, the Heavenly being was dispatched the very day Daniel made his original petition. And for the next twenty-one days, Heaven was on its way.

I don’t know what context or circumstance you’re crying from. I don’t know the depth of your anguish and mourning. But I encourage you to worship in the waiting. May we, as Daniel did, humble ourselves before God and pray for understanding. Whether it be days, weeks or months – let us be content to know Heaven is on its way.

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