I have found something new in my own life. It’s called waiting. More specifically waiting on the Lord. To be honest, it is foreign to me in many respects. My type “A” personality and ADD tendencies make for an individual who doesn’t like the apparent inaction of waiting…even on the Lord. In fact, I’ve watched others in the past waiting upon the Lord and wondered if they were just being, (I’ll go ahead and write it.) well, lazy. Yep, inaction equated to laziness on my spiritual scales.
Now I find myself waiting. Waiting on the Lord.
In times past I have preached that faith is a like a muscle. It must be used to be strengthened and to me that always meant action. Usually immediate and decisive action. Roll your sleeve up and put your faith to work. I’ve learned a new way to strengthen our faith, it’s called learning to wait upon the Lord. I don’t know about you, but for me it is the hardest demonstration of faith I have ever had to do.
The psalmist wrote: Psalm 62:5 (NASB95) 5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
I like what the writer, so skillfully inspired here declares. I wait “for God only”. My hope comes from God only. Why? Because there is no where else to place our ultimate faith. I am reminded of Abraham who had the promise of God for a child as his heir, all the while looking upon his ninety year old wife with a barren womb. The Bible said he still waited and hoped in a God of the miraculous. Twenty five years of waiting upon an apparent impossible situation, and then the child.
It preaches good. Its practice is far more difficult. And, as you will remember, Abraham had a misstep or two because he became tired of the waiting. His faith wavered and he acted in the flesh rather than the spirit and all because he didn’t wait upon the Lord. Even so, in some way his faith was strengthened even more and in the end Abraham received the promised child of God.
One of the reasons we must wait upon the Lord is to give Him time to move righteously upon our behalf. The Wisdom books are full of this truth…
Job 35:14 (NASB95) 14 “How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!
Psalm 37:7–9 (NASB95) 7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. 8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. 9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
Psalm 69:6 (NASB95) 6 May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,
…Waiting pleases God and gives Him opportunity to move on our behalf. He will not fail us if we will trust in Him. The longer the wait in faith reveals to Him that our faith is genuine. He ALWAYS rewards great faith, even in waiting. Hebrews 11:1-6
Another reason we must wait upon the Lord is so things may become even more difficult for us so that when He does move, the miracle is even greater. That’s a most difficult precept to swallow, but it is a biblical reality. It couldn’t get any worse for Joseph and then God moved. It couldn’t get any worse for King David on several occasions and then God moved. It could not get any worse for Daniel than being thrown into the den of lions and then God moved. It could not get any worse for the three Hebrew children as they watched the furnace heated seven times hotter and then God moved. It could not have been any worse than Jesus breathing His last on the cross, being dead and buried and then God moved.
Isaiah 40:31 (NASB95) 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
I’m learning a new lesson in my fifties. I’m learning a different way to grow my faith. It’s called waiting upon the Lord.