Samuel Beckett’s avant-garde play Waiting for Godot features two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for a third man, Godot, to arrive. They talk, sit, argue, and debate where and when they are supposed to meet Godot. The play concludes after two acts, with the two men still waiting and despairing for the absent Godot.
Some mock Christians for believing in an absent God. Are we no better than the two forlorn men in Beckett’s play, passing the time while waiting for an absent deity who will never arrive? As we’ll see this month in our study of waiting on the Lord, Scripture assures us that our experience of waiting for God is no tragic, futile, absurd exercise. Rather, we wait with eagerness, joy, and anticipation because we know who God is and what He has promised. He does hear our prayers. Jesus will return, just as He said. We will dwell with Him in eternity.
This does not mean that every moment of waiting is easy or pleasurable, but it does mean that we can wait for the Lord with hope. Our prayer is that the Lord will strengthen and encourage you in your commitment to Him through this study in Today in the Word. We are grateful for your prayers and support as we journey together, filled with awe at God’s goodness even while we wait patiently for Him.
—Elena Mafter, Senior Editor