We Need Jesus As We Wait
by Peter M Bens
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Yes once again I salute you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
My fellow friends in the Lord,this world is full of waiting, and as human we hate to wait so much,but funny part is God keeps on telling us to wait.Therefore, if it is so let's just let God enable us to wait.The following article will show you how much we need Him.
Without him we
Can do nothing
Obviously, as mere humanity, even though we are created in the image of God but faulted by sin, we have neither the wisdom nor the ability to get along without the Lord.
Why bother to wait on the Lord? What hap¬pens when we wait? A number of marvelous things happen to us, in us, and through us.
Benefits of Waiting on the Lord
Waiting Sustains and Satisfies
(or Al¬lows the Lord to Do So)
Psalm 145:14-16 The LORD sustains all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to Thee, And Thou dost give them their food in due time. 16 Thou dost open Thy hand, And dost satisfy the desire of every living thing.
But can’t the words of Psalm 145:15, “in due time,” perfectly describe those periods in our lives when we are sitting in one of those places God has marked with the words “Waiting Room”? But how does it describe us? As fallen, bowed down, yet looking, waiting on the Lord to supply and sustain, but in His season, in His time! Every time we encounter one of the variegated problems of life, we are faced with a very important choice to look up and wait, or focus on the problem and choose our own strategy to worry, to run away, throw in the towel, or run ahead of the Lord.
When we react rather than respond by waiting (seeking, trusting, focusing, praying), we suffer various kinds of serious consequences. It is the law of sowing and reaping:
(1) Some are physical and we become prime candidates for ulcers, migraines, high blood pressure, etc.
(2) Others are financial (like the burden of debt or bankruptcy).
(3) Others are relational (like the heartache of a marriage in turmoil, divorce, or rebellious children).
(4) Still others are geographical and situational placing us in difficult circumstances and places.
(5) But always, when we refuse to wait, there are spiritual consequences loss of fellowship with the Lord, loss of spiritual strength and wisdom, loss of our witness, loss of eternal re¬wards, and being out of the Lord’s will.
Waiting strengthens us
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 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.
As we look at this passage, we might think about the following:
(1) While there are obviously other causes, continued weariness and a lack of strength to carry on may be the result of failing to wait on the Lord as it’s defined above. (Cf. verses 29-30 with verse 31.)
(2) We all become not only physically tired and weary, but emotionally and spiritually depleted. That’s human. But God says part of the solution along with good health habits (diet, rest, exercise, etc.) is “wait for the Lord.”
Isaiah is telling us we often grow weary because we fail to wait on the Lord. When we run around in our own strength and operate by our own insufficient resources we are going to sooner or later run out of steam.
The key question is, why don’t we wait on the Lord? Often it’s because we do not believe sufficiently in God and all that He is. For some reason, we begin to think and act like God is simply not involved or doesn’t understand.
Isaiah 40 is a chapter designed to bring comfort to its readers. Let’s never forget—God is the God of all comfort. He wants to comfort His people, but this doesn’t mean He always removes the sources of our pain. This chapter is written against the back¬ground of 39 chapters announcing judgment against Israel, Judah, and the nations. Israel would suffer and go into captivity. In fact, even this captivity was a result of God’s love. But later God would take Israel back to the land, bring forth Messiah, deal with her sin problem, and one day establish the promised kingdom. In the meanwhile there was not only the comfort of what God would do, but strength for the present through who God was (and is for us).
Isaiah 40 is also the “Behold Your God” chapter. Six sections call on the reader to behold or lift up their eyes to see their God. People not only need the Lord, they need to possess the constant vision of their God in all the wonder of His being. This chapter contains 23 questions challenging us to calculate the greatness of God, to evaluate our understanding of God, and to realize nothing can compare to the God of the Bible. It demonstrates the effect this should have on our daily lives in our attitudes and actions.
Nothing or no one has God’s wisdom, or knowledge, or pow¬er—no nation, nor philosopher, no ruler, and certainly not our man-made idols. No one instructs Him. No one counsels Him. And He cannot be compared to any likeness created by man (which likeness would only distract from His infinite being). Not even the vast heavens can compare. They are His creation, He marked them off like the span of a man’s hand and stretches them out like a curtain or like a tent in which men dwell. He sits above the vault of the earth with its inhabit¬ants like little grasshoppers.
Let’s look at the problem as it is explained for us in Isaiah 40:27-28.
Isaiah 40:27-28 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
I dare say few Bible-believing Christians would ever openly say this. Indeed, we would emphatically affirm it. Yet we are saying exactly what this verse says every time we ignore God’s plan, ignore His principles of life, resort to our solutions or plans whether in the form of manipulation of others or by the use of some defense mechanism to protect our fragile egos, every time we lose our tempers because life isn’t going our way, or in any way run ahead of the Lord. Intellectually we acclaim God’s care, but practically, we often deny it.
So verses 28-30 challenge our knowledge and how well we are really listening to the Word, and then they quickly focus our attention on God as the one who is all-powerful, full of wisdom, and faithful to strengthen us in the struggles of life.
The idea of the questions of verses 28-29 is this: Since God is not only the Creator but also the Preserver of all things, even the heavenly bodies, nations, and individual men, why do you and how can you as God’s people with such privileges say and assert what you are saying, that God has forsaken you?
No information is given as to the precise circumstances under which this complaint is uttered … It is a universal complaint, raised in times of difficulty and adversity.
It is a question designed to rebuke and expose in order to get them (and us) to evaluate their thoughts and actions in the light of God’s person, His principles, and His promises. Why? So they can see just how far off they had drifted from anchoring their hope in the Lord as those who wait on Him.
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