‘Those who wait upon the Lord…’ Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
The word ‘wait’ here can give us a picture of two things. The first is of a waiter at your table attending to your needs. The second is making a request of a judge or someone in power. Your success depends on approaching them the right way, and on their willingness to grant your request. Since they hold the power, you must be patient and wait for them. Are you getting the idea? Our problem is twofold. First, we want God to wait on us, instead of the other way round. Second, we don’t want to wait for anything! We drive to work listening to the radio and talking on the phone; some of us even put ourselves and others at risk by text-messaging. It’s been said that in the days of the Old West if someone missed a stagecoach they were content to wait a few days, even a week, for the next one… but now we don’t even want to wait for the next section of the revolving door. What God does in you while you are waiting is often more important than what you’re asking God to do. Waiting on God brings rewards that nothing else will. Here are a few of them: (1) Vindication. ‘Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong… Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Psalm 37:1-4 NIV) (2) Strength. ‘Wait on the Lord… and He shall strengthen your heart…’ (Psalm 27:14 NKJV) (3) Deliverance. ‘I waited…for the Lord… He brought me up out of a horrible pit…’ (Psalm 40:1-2 NKJV) So relax, wait on God and He will come through for you.
SoulFood: John 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Luke 15:1-7
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