Psalm 27:14- Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Wait! We hear this word ever where we go and in just about every circumstance or situation in life.
As much as we hate having to "wait", it is a word of importance in our spiritual walk with God.
Throughout the Bible we are commanded to wait on the Lord.
Wait=qavah, which means to wait, or look eagerly, for, gather together, tarry, wait for, on or upon.
To wait on God means to rest assured in hope with confidence in the Word of God that regardless of the circumstances, details or difficulties we face in this life, God is our guaranteed assurance of defense, protection, guidance and provision.
"Wait" is what we do. We wait in traffic, wait in line at the grocery store, wait for our pay checks, wait for retirement, wait for marriage, wait for college, wait for promotion, wait for the birth or adoption of our children, wait to purchase a home, car, etc.
As much as we hate waiting, it is not an option. Waiting is what we do for it is a part of life.
The question to be answered is how will we wait? In patience, trusting God or in agitation, frustration, anger and the blame game?
If we could be honest for a moment and confess, we all know that "wait" is one of the words none of us want to hear nor deal with.
Throughout the bible we hear "wait, wait wait" and throughout the minds and mouth of humanity, we hear, “WAIT!!” "I do not want to wait, I want it now."
Whatever our "it" is, we do not want to wait. As a matter of fact, we wanted it yesterday. LOL!
The Psalmist in this text calls on us to do several things here. Not only does He calls us to wait on God, but while we wait, we are to be of good courage while waiting. In other words, wait with confidence and expectation.
I believe the hardest thing about waiting on God is the fact that what we considers to be an emergency in our eyes is not one in God's eyes.
Sometimes God causes us to wait so that He can get our hearts, minds and spirit man lined up to where it needs to be so that we can receive what He has for us. That way, we will not give ourselves the credit but we would shout from the mountain top these profound words “LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE”!
There is a reason for the wait and God does not always tell us why we wants us to wait but when the “wait” is over, He will show us why. Maybe weeks, months or years later, but He will show us.
Waiting has a purpose. Two thing for sure that it produces in us is perseverance and patience.
Waiting also forces us to trust God if the circumstance or situation is beyond our control. Waiting reminds us that God is in control and we are not.
Sometimes, we may feel that waiting accomplishes nothing while we are waiting, but scripture declares in Isaiah 40:31- 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.
When we wait on God, our strength is renewed, which causes us to rise like an eagle above circumstances and situations that would have otherwise caused us to be downtrodden, feel forsaken or abandoned, wallow in self pity, rejection and condemnation.
But, when strength that is received from waiting on God is given us by God, “WE RISE”!
The strength of God that is gained by us in our “wait” on God is what enables us to walk through adversity without getting weary and quitting on this Christian journey.
Throughout the bible, God’s people had to wait. Abraham and Sarah had to wait for Isaac, David had to wait to be crowned Israel’s King, Noah had to wait 40 days and nights for the flood to end, Mary and Martha had to wait for Jesus 4 days.
Life is about waiting!!! There is no way around it!
In waiting on God, we must be persuaded in our minds through the Word of God with confidence that our wait on the Lord it is not in vain;
When we wait on God, we are saying "Lord, we trust you and we know you know what you doing and we believe by faith that you are indeed working all things together for our good.
God on the mountain is still God in the valley. Scripture says God changes not for He is the same yesterday today and forever.
People of God, wait on the Lord for your will never be disappointed. Waiting on God with anticipation will bring about God's best on our behalf.
Wait on the Lord and be of good courage for He shall strengthen your heart.!