“Wait on the Lord:…”

7 Dec

be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:

Wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14

Waiting. It’s no fun. It’s not the answer we desire to hear after we’ve prayed and prayed and then prayed some more. It goes against the way we’ve been wired. We are impatient by nature. Not to mention the fact that we’ve been raised in a drive-thru society. We’re not used to waiting. When a line gets long or we see brake lights up ahead, our immediate reaction is panic and frustration.

But again and again in Scripture,we are urged to wait.

Over the last five years, I’ve learned a little bit about it, but not in the way some sweet friends of mine are learning it in this season.

They’ve been on my mind as they experience the pain of waiting. Waiting when everything in them wants answers, wants to move forward and see progress. Waiting when the future seems so uncertain. Waiting on doctors to make decisions, on dates for treatment to be set. With Christmas approaching, the joy of the holidays is dampened by the heaviness in their hearts.

When we’re in the middle of waiting, we can only feel the pain. It seems pointless. Our vision is blurred, keeping us from seeing the glorious purpose He’s lovingly placed behind it. We think we will only understand once we’re on the other side of the waiting, but I believe we can find His purpose when we’re in the thick of it.

In Psalm 46:10,  He calls us to,

“Be still, and know that (He is) God. (He) will be

exalted among the heathen, (He) will be exalted in the earth.”

While we’re waiting, we can learn to lean upon Him. To truly know that He is God, that He’s in complete control even when life doesn’t make sense. That He is God when it seems like evil is triumphant, when the ache in our hearts seems to be more than we can bear. He promises that “He will be exalted.” His perfect purpose will be accomplished. His Word guarantees it.

It’s taken me a long time to see His purpose, and I know my circumstance was nothing like the one my friends find themselves facing, but I am praying tonight not only that they will soon see Him exalted, get the green light to go, but that in the meantime He will make the waiting purposeful despite the pain.

Dear Brother Orville and Sister Joyce, know that you have praying friends in Maryland! We love you and thank the Lord for the years we had together at Hickory.

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