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“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Psalm 130:5-6
I don’t know about anyone else, but I could scream in frustration when people tell me they are “waiting on the Lord” for a specific purpose, need or answer, because they seem so sure of themselves, and for a long time I was not. When I went to those same people to ask for advice, they would say, “Wait on the Lord.”
Hang on a minute — wait, like how? Like when I’m in the checkout line? I’m the one you’ve all seen, leg dancing and hands jingling the change in my pocket as I wait. Or like when I’m waiting for my spouse so we can get to our appointment? It’s all very well saying “wait” but what does that mean exactly? Normally when I’m waiting, be it at the store, the gas station, or at home, my mind is racing with a thousand thoughts a minute and it’s hard to remain focused on what I’m doing as I think ahead to all I could be doing — if only I weren’t waiting!
Waiting on God is different, however. We think of waiting on God in the same way as waiting in line, or waiting for another person. But it’s not the same.
First of all, we’re to put our hope in the Word of God. That means in the written word, and also in Jesus who is the Word. We put our hope, and our trust in Him. While you are waiting, read His word, and meditate on it.
Secondly, we need to believe the Lord longs to be compassionate towards us. Isaiah 30 says He desires to be gracious, and He rises to show us compassion. While waiting, reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of God. We tend towards the negative in our lives, and it’s good in the time of waiting to remember the blessings He has bestowed on us.
Lastly, wait expectantly. Psalm 130 talks of waiting like the watchmen wait for the morning. That means as surely as there was night, and there will be morning, and as tedious as the night was, dawn will come, there will be a new day. We must never lose our hope in the coming day, in the reality that God will come.
Waiting is not easy, whether it’s in the grocery line, or waiting for an answer for the prayer of your heart, but it’s made easier when we meditate on Him and His Word, and on the goodness of the Lord, and remain expectant.
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24 Apr 2004
This is timely, many days after you writing it, that I should be reading it today. I have a friend in need of these words. thank you.
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