Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Waiting On The Lord"

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Waiting is not something that most of us are accustomed to. We want what we want when we want it, and when we want it is always "NOW". In our society we have so many conveniences that provide so that we don't have to wait- fast food, instant banking, microwaves, Carnation instant breakfast, etc. There's even a commercial that promotes having everything instantly because you use your bank card.

When everything comes to instantly, it produces in us an expectation that this is how everything in our lives is going to be-- full of instant gratification. This expectation even flows over into our relationship with the Lord. We expect Him to do everything, answer every question, solve every problem and give us what we want at the same moment we ask. That is a deluded expectation. God often makes us wait.

Abraham had to wait for the promise. David had to wait to occupy the throne. Mary had to wait for nine months for the arrival of the Son in her womb. Jesus waited until His time had come. Those in the Upper Room had to wait until they were endued with power from on high. There are times when God does answer us instantly, but more times than not we have to wait for the answer. We need to learn how to be still and wait upon the Lord. We need to learn- or relearn- how to not get in such a hurry where He is concerned. We need to learn to take the needed time to wait in His presence. There are some things that we can only receive from the Lord by "waiting". In the scripture above we are promised renewed strength, but the condition to that promise is -- wait on the Lord. There is always a reward or blessing (whatever you want to call it) attached to waiting.

Have you forgotten how to wait in His presence? Have you forgotten how to wait until you receive your answer? Have you forgotten that God has His own time table? Have you forgotten that He isn't always in a hurry? Have you forgotten how to slow down and wait?

Have a great day. It's time we relearn how to wait on the Lord.

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