Psalm 27:14 - Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
God's Waiting room. Are you there? I am! God's waiting room is a place that seems to stand still at times. A holding place, a place of preparation.
I am not sure about you, but I must admit that one of the most difficult things in life for me is to wait on the Lord. One of the most difficult places to be is in God's holding room. The room where you not only wait on God, but the room where you are prep by God for spiritual growth and service. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!
Perhaps on today, you too find yourself in God's waiting room and it is very difficult for you to wait on the Lord, but, guess what? God is calling us to do just that; "Wait on Him".
Like millions around the world on today, you too find yourself waiting on an answer from God to a situation or circumstance that you deem very important. We are waiting on His answer as to which course of direction should we take. We have been praying, reading our word, believing by faith, waiting with great expectation and yet we find ourselves still waiting because we have yet to receive a response from God, so we think. Am I the only one here on today that is still waiting on God?
I once heard someone say that "waiting" is the road from the promise to the praise. True is that, but it is that in between place on the road called "wait" that makes waiting so hard.
What does it mean to wait on the Lord? "Waiting on the Lord" means more than just sitting & doing nothing. Waiting included continual obedience to God's word, doing what is right in the eyes of God, claiming God's promises as our own by faith, trusting and believing God, being busy in the service of the Lord while you wait and not being idol for when you are idol, doing nothing, you become frustrated, hopeless, fearful, doubtful, anxious and defeated in your mind. God wants us to have hope while we wait.
I believe how we wait has a lot to do with how we survive while we wait. Our attitude is everything. Our attitude helps determine our view of things. Our view must be seen through the lense of scripture. God promises to work all things together for our good and we must take Him at His Word and believe Him in spite of what we see with our natural eyes.
God's timing is not our timing, but if He made you a promise to work it out, He will work it out! Wait on Him, be encouraged through His Word while you wait. It is in the Word of God where we find the strength needed to continue to wait and trust God's timing. God's Word declares that he will hear and answer our prayer. Psalm 34:17-The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Sometimes God's answer does not come over night, weeks or even months. It may take years,but God promises to answer us. God's delay is not God's denial!
While we are waiting on God, He is working out all the details, including the details in getting us ready for what He is about to do for us, in us and through us.
Let us gird up our loins today with the Gospel truth found in the bible and believe by faith that regardless of how long the wait may be, God is never late, but always on time. Let us Pray and ask God to teach us how to wait on Him in faith. Grab hold of your favorite scripture, cling to it with all your might, allow it to take root in your heart and spirit and do not let it go! In other words, stand on the Word of God! It is our life line while we wait with confidence and expectancy.
If we look throughout the bible, we will see how God's people back then had to wait and we today have to do the same. David waited years to be crowned king after he was anointed King, Moses waited 80 years before God called him, Joseph spent 2 years waiting on God while in prison before being elevated to the king's palace, Jesus waited 33 years to fulfill his purpose of death on the cross. Waiting on God is unavoidable for all of us. We must wait! God commands it in His Word. Wait on the Lord and be o good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. He repeats it by saying "again I say wait on the Lord"!
2 things to remember when we pray: As believers we must take self inventory from time to time. We must make sure we are paying with the right motives. Are our motives pure? What we need or requesting is for God's glory or ours? Let's listen to what is said in scripture concerning our motives in what we are praying for in James 4:3-And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. This could be the reason our prayers are not being answered.
The second thing ask ourselves is (2) are we praying the will of God? Let's listen to what scripture says about praying the will of God and receiving an answer to our prayers. 1 John 5:14-15- And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Isaiah 40;28-31- 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Remember: James 5:16b- “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for the daily strength that He supplies for us as we travel this christian journey with love, patience and great expectancy of His answer.
I love you all with the love of Christ. The love that says "love thy neighbor as thyself"!