A Waiting God
by Marlo Wells
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A Waiting God
18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! -Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)
A knight in shining armor, a princess locked in a tower awaiting rescue from her wicked oppressor, longing for her happily ever after. Fairytales are the illusions of a captivating imaginary realm that dominates children’s stories and Disney movies. It is a billion dollar industry that we willingly contribute to because something about it resonates with a longing in our soul.
It is easy to set aside a fairytale for what it is. We can walk away from it knowing that someone’s vivid imagination opened a door for you, allowing you a momentary escape into a dream world. But is that how you view the Bible? Is it just a fairytale story that you easily dismiss?
Several years ago, David and my marriage, was on the brink of divorce. We were being shredded apart. It wasn’t that we didn’t love each other. Hidden sin was consuming our marriage. I remember a day when David was sitting by the door, his head hanging, he looked up at me and said, “You know, you can’t have a fairytale”. My heart broke. I wasn’t looking for a fairytale; I just wanted him to talk to me. I just needed to understand. Quite frankly, it made me so angry; I threw a soup can at the wall.
Why is this relevant? Because at that point in our lives, David was comparing our marriage to things of the world and I was comparing it to things of the Word. I didn’t see the Bible as a fairytale story that could easily be set aside, if the Bible said I could have it, I was going to stand on that. I wanted what God said my marriage should be. But I had to turn to God, not to David.
Everything I was looking for in David had to be found first in God. He had to be my Knight in Shining Armor, He had to rescue me. And He would. Because I was willing to: [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! God was earnestly waiting on me, to look and long for Him.
It was not at all an ungodly thing to want a Biblical marriage. But wanting a Biblical marriage without God being first just isn’t going to happen. It’s impossible.
That driving force that directs us to seek love, approval and acceptance is apparent from birth. We come into this world completely dependent upon another to provide for us. But even as a child there is something more we are longing for. Despite a parent’s most attentive care and abundant love, that child needs something more, that you cannot give him.
Misguided, people search and are led astray in their pursuit to satisfy the wrenching need in their soul. The new box office hit, latest romance novel and match.com offers them a flicker of hope to filling the void.
What can we offer them? How do we lead them to something that our lives do not represent we have found? How do we encourage one another in our own walk to find Him?
18The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth. –Psalm 145:18
I had a friend I had been sharing the Lord with for some time. It came to a point where I just looked at them as they were getting into their car for a several hour ride home and told them to ask God for themselves. Just ask God to reveal Himself to you.
Why did I do that? There was nothing else left to say. Most non-believers are prepared to argue the fairytale aspect of God than Christians lives represent His reality. Why? Are you calling on God or just your neighbor?
Do our lives represent the reality of God? Or are we just sharing fairytales with those around us?
Is God real in my marriage? You better believe it; I wouldn’t have one without Him! Do I call on God in sincerity and truth? Yes, but I am still working on my timing in that. It would be more beneficial to call on Him before hand to guide me than to just get me out of a mess! But He knows I am human and loves me anyway.
As He puts it all in perspective for me, I sit in awe and wonder. When I take a trip, I know when I come home, my family is earnestly, expecting and longing for me. But God:
the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! -Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)
According to this Scripture, this applies to all of those who are earnest in their pursuit of Him. It’s time to ask yourself a question. Are you going to keep Him waiting?
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