Wait for the Lord
by Wole Oladapo
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Nothing in this world teaches us to wait for the Lord, not even the countless verses of the scriptures that admonish us to. It is not human to wait for God. This truth has been established from the very beginning, when our first parents fell into the deception of the Wicked One. When they discovered that they were naked, they sought out a way of hiding their shame. They sew fig leaves together and made themselves covering. They could not wait to see what God would do with them, in their fallen state. But when God came, even in the midst of His wrath, He made them coats of skin and covered them in a more better way. God alone has the solution, if man will only learn to wait(Genesis 3 ).
What opened the eyes of our first parents in the garden is their separation from God. Then, they were able to sense and see lack, even in the midst of the abundant provision God has put in place ever before they were created. Since they have seen lack, what must follow is quest to bridge the gap. The greatest advantage Satan can get over us is to successfully get our eyes off what God has already done for us and place them on what we have not. Then, like theirs our eyes will be opened. We set out to search for what is never lost. We search and we found not because it is impossible to see the abundant provision of God, when we set our hearts on lack. Then our mind becomes a ready tool for Satan to use. The deceiver steps in to teach us to use God to get what we want; “You will have what you want, except He is no more God!”
As it was with the Israelites in the wilderness, so it is with us now. Our own Moses, the Lord Jesus Christ, seems to have tarried on the mount. What we hear here and there is that perhaps, some mischief has befallen Him. The then deceiving voice of the old serpent is everywhere, saying. “Where is now the sign of His coming?” “The God of man” is everywhere on the scene. We are dismayed at the signs of heaven, because we have followed the ways of the heathen. We have become dull of hearing the still small voice daily crying; “Wait for the Lord!”.
But suddenly as it was, when we least expect, our own Moses will come. Blessed are they that He will find waiting and watching for His return. We can appear to be waiting for Him in our words, even in our deeds in the presence of the multitude. But we must know that we cannot truly stay on watch for Him in our heart, except our hope is in Him and He Himself is our hope. It is this hope that anchors our soul to Him. When all things, which are of this world, are lost, it is this hope alone which does not make ashamed that keeps us going. When the world seems to have come to a stand still, under the clouds of uncertainty and thick darkness, when no hope seems to be coming in the near or rear, it is this hope that becomes our eyes and makes us walk without stumbling. This is the path we are called to tread, the path of unseen certainty, for that which is seen is temporal, but that which is unseen is eternal.
Brethren, let us wait on the Lord. In due time He will renew our strength. He has assured us that not even a strand of our hair will perish with the world. Let us approach Him with an opened mouth, asking for strength to wait. When we ought to wait for Him, by the best judgment of man is not only the time to run, but to flee for safety elsewhere. But often we run out of safety into danger, for in Him alone is sure safety.
This is the time of night our Lord has predicted. When it was daylight, we all appeared to walk by faith. Now, night has come and no light is shown in the sky. Many are going about, kindling their own fire, with broken-off branches[JOHN 15:6]. They could not wait for the God of light in the midst of the darkness. These broken-off branches, when they were still abiding in the Vine were of no use to natural man. But as they were broken-off the Vine, men see what they want in them, since the gift of God is without repentance. Men then gather them as their own teachers and preachers to fulfill that spoken by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of Paul[11TIMOTHY 4:3] We see this their fire and think we are on the wrong side. Many a time we have bent our knees in prayer that God should make us like them, not knowing it is the strange fire of Nadab and Abihu on the altar of the Lord, which is punishable by death from the Lord. They are out in multitude teaching “how to make your own fire” when God expects you to choose the good part which shall not be taken away from you; “To simply wait`.
“Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and stay upon His promise. Behold all you that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with spark: Walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that you have kindled. This shall you have from my hand, you shall lie down in sorrow” says the Lord. (Is: 50: 10 – 11).That you walk in darkness does not mean that He has cast you off. Perhaps, He is teaching you to learn to lean on Him, who is invisible in the midst of visible fears and not on your keen sight.
The next time your heart prompts you to quit waiting, know that He is already standing at the door. King Saul in his own night season had patiently waited for Samuel for the time appointed, but Samuel was not seen coming. In the last minute Saul, overwhelmed with the cares of the people with him and the threat posed by the enemy was forced to do what was meant to be done by Samuel. Hardly had he finished than Samuel appeared on the scene. But it was too late for Saul, the scene could not be repeated. He lost perpetual kingship in Israel to impatience. If only he had waited…. “You have need of patience[endurance, perseverance ], that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. For yet a little while He that shall come will come, and He will not tarry”[ Hebrews 10: 36 – 37 ].
Know that a ready help is here and there in the world today. Strange fire is out there at only one cost; eternal life in Christ Jesus! This is the affliction of the saints: The fruit of the tree is alluring to the eyes, but beneath the beauty is eternal separation from God. This is the time to wait when we do not feel like, for the Son of man will come in the time that you think not. Wait for the Lord!
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This is vey good..thank you for the encouragement..Keep on writing!