Thursday, April 7, 2016

"The God Perspective - Waiting"

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord".  Psalm 27:14

Waiting is one of those things that hardly anyone likes to do.  We are by nature impatient people.  Our society doesn't help matters with all its "conveniences".  We can have anything and do anything we want in a fraction of time.  Microwaves save us hours of cooking time.  We have drive-thru restaurants, drive-thru banking, drive-thru pharmacies, drive-thru oil change, even drive-thru wedding chapels.  There is also high-speed internet, TV dinners, digital cameras so there is no more waiting to see what your picture will look like, etc. 

Waiting is a hard thing for most of us to do.  I heard a minister recently say, "The only thing harder than waiting on God is wishing that you had".  Those words speak volumes.  As hard as it is to wait, if you don't wait on the Lord-- on His timing, on His plan, on His way of doing it-- when you see the end result of not waiting, or you see what He had in mind if you had waited, it is even harder to deal with.  It is harder to deal with the consequences, the repercussions, the condemnation, the guilt, the blame, the "mess" that came as a result of not waiting on the Lord. 

Abraham and Sarah decided to take matters into their own hands instead of waiting on the Lord to give them the son He had promised to give them.  They produced an Ishmael and gained nothing but trouble, heartache and grief.  We are still dealing with the results of their actions today.  King Saul decided not to wait for the prophet Samuel to return.  He got impatient that Samuel hadn't returned when he thought he would so he disobeyed the word of the Lord and did not wait.  He wished he had later because God took the kingdom away from him and his descendants. (1 Samuel 13)

You may be in a place of waiting.  Don't get impatient.  Don't try to take matters into your own hands.  Don't try to make something happen. Trust in the Lord.  Wait patiently for Him.  He will do what He said He would do.  He is faithful as promised.  As hard as it is to wait, it will be much harder if you don't.  If you are having trouble waiting, ask Him for strength and grace to wait.  He will give it to you.

Have a great day.  As hard as it is to wait on the Lord, it is much harder if you don't.   

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