Keep waiting

Hebrews 10:36-39

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls."

Tarriander: While God tarries, you meander. Tarry means delay and meander means circuitous windings. Meander can seem like a negative word, but it is really a positive thing. It is to wait and keep moving. It looks aimless from the outside view, but it is really purposeful or faithful! Think of an airplane in a holding pattern outside the landing zone of an airport.

The above passage directly precedes Hebrews 11, "the faith chapter", where faith is extrapolated upon and illustrated. These words here say to endure and believe the word, even when circumstances say otherwise.

The Hebrews author says that the the exercise of faith acts as a preservative for our souls: "have faith and preserve their souls". You find the promise by faith, you believe the promise by faith, and you receive the fulfillment of the promise by faith. Faith is action. There's got to be continued action based upon confidence in the word, for the soul to "stay alive" to the word.

If you've ever had a dinner party, you know how much preparation goes into it. But, what if all the guests who will partake of it have not yet arrived? In fact, they are late. You have to keep the kitchen going and continue to check if the table is set and the candles are just so. You peek out the window and look at the clock, then at the phone, and check on the food again. You're meandering while your guests tarry.