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December 6, 2017, 10:51 AM

Wait On The Lord

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).

The Scripture challenges us to be a people who wait upon the Lord. But, if we’re honest, not many of us like to wait. We’re not ones to slow down in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, especially at this time of the year. However, did you notice the progression of the text: wait, receive courage, and go forward with strength. Without resting in the Lord our impatience causes impetuousness. Our greatest errors and strained relationships come when we have lost touch with the Lord’s inner guidance and wisdom.

In the Psalms we are encouraged to “Be still, and know that I am God” (46:10). It is only trough patient waiting that we can know God and thus know our true place in the universe. He is the one who can tell us the reason for our existence, our place in the scheme of things, our real identity. It is an identity we can’t discover for ourselves, that others can’t discover in us – the mystery of who we really are. How we have chased around the world for answers to that riddle, looked in the eyes of others for some hint, some clue, hunted in the multiple worlds of pleasure and experience and self-fulfillment for some glimpse, some revelation, some wisdom, some authority to tell us our right name and our true destination. But there was, and is, only One who can tell us this: the Lord himself. And He wants to tell us, He has made us to know our reason for being and to be led by it. But it is a secret He will entrust to us only when we ask, and then in His own way and His own time. He will whisper it to us not in the mad rush and fever of our striving and our fierce determination to be someone, but rather when we are content to rest in Him, to put ourselves into His keeping, into His hands.

Frederick W. Faber expressed how we must wait for God. We must wait long, meekly, in wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the old and dark. We must wait, and He will come. But God never comes to those who do not wait. It is in the waiting times that our most creative thoughts and plans are formulated. Instead of rushing headlong in our own impatience, the Lord is able to tell us what are the next steps and how we are to move forward in His strategy for us and the people around us. Christ’s strength gives us patience. We could never produce it on our own strength, in the quantities that are needed in our families, our church, and our world. But we do have access to an unlimited stockpile of patience, when the fruit of the Spirit of patience gives us courage to live on His timing and act with His power.

Let us join in prayer: Eternal God, you have been the hope and joy of many generations, and who in all ages has given men the power to seek you and in seeking to find you, grant me, I pray you, a clearer vision of your truth, a greater faith in your power, and a more confident assurance of your love. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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