“Waiting on The LORD.”
Now just what does that mean? We have read (or heard of) the verse that says “A day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 this seems impossible! But think on it. In God’s eyes His Son was just here. All history (which is essentially God’s story was turned around.) We can be as Adam and Eve and live much like they did. God not only comes in the ‘still of the eve’, but His Spirit is permanently encamped in us, if and when we realize and allow this to be the case
We can fellowship with Him all ways. How many of us know God is waiting and willing for us to throw the doors open? We can see from The Word that Moses and so many more had an awesome relationship with The LORD. We just pointed out that even his second in command Aaron and his sister spoke out against him, they were punished for it.
And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb. And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee. And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days.
So, in ‘waiting’ on The LORD, It might not be immediate for so many reasons. Ensure your life is right, then truly start to prayerfully and thankfully wait on Him.
We can break this down further, to wait on The LORD seems so very ‘droll’. We think/say “But God said I should ask, and I would receive. I’m asking…!!!”
Let’s address this. If you were to receive what you asked for in the here and now, what would happen? Think about it. We would so get used to asking and the immediacy of things. In truth, there is no ‘lesson’ there. A teaching point-Yes! But are we truly learning? We ask, we receive, we are happy full-stop/period. How about The thanksgiving? I can put this so many ways. One would say “I thanked God for this, of course I did…” But are your thanksgivings automatic and ‘spontaneous’ because you know you have to. Or are they from realizing that without God’s grace, the ‘chances’ were slim to none? A very brief story I have to share is I went to DMV the other day and realized in my ‘rush’ I had forgotten my wallet at home (now before you think I drove ‘illegally’, my mother took me!). I had waited on line not aware that I had forgotten my wallet at home. Then I was called. Ran though the rigmarole (actually found out that I had filled the wrong form), when all this was done, I was asked for my life sense. And you can imagine what happened next. I was sent home to ‘fetch’ the drivers license. Just what is a ‘testimony’ in that? You might ask. Hole on!
The week after, my mother again took me. She went for a walk-something she does often. Praise The LORD for His care and hand in and on her life. (More on this later). When we get back I walked straight to the line I had been before
There were three ‘clerks’ at the Windows, and I waited patiently. The first clear to be free was ‘right in front of me’. I brought out the paperwork (for a duplicate of my title of ownership); she decided just then she would head out to lunch. Turned the sign at her window to “out on break”. I then had to wait for one of the remaining two. Guess what? The same one who had attended to me the previous visit came free! And by the grace of God recognized me. All the paperwork was out and complete but there was a problem with the computer. She called over (and waited) for the next clerk who at the time was busy. To cut a long story short with prayer and a constant trust in God, she printed out the title there and then. I walked out of DMV with the title in my hands. There are many possible scenarios. She might have taken all the information and had it mailed, her PC might have acted up and she would have ‘allowed’ me to go home and wait for it to be sent, I ‘might’ have forgotten something (it wasn’t I ‘quick’ drive either.) The reason I share this is, so many things happen each and every day. Do we realize what the blessings are?
Stop here! Let us do something. Think back on the previous 24 hours (I am giving you time,) think of all the unexpected and surprising things that occurred. What would you have/have done without? And in this case, what can you do with what so ‘luckily’ fell in your lap? It is time (once again to realize that we have a special umpire in our corner.) Our ‘fight’ may not always be ‘fought’ for us, but the energy/power/ability comes from one source!
Believe that the God who saved you hears your cries (Micah 7:7).
Have you ever felt like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Perhaps, like me, you have prayed for years about a concern, but God has seemed silent. That’s where God demonstrated his love and mercy towards us when we were still his enemies. Mind you, Man had sinned and we were apart from His will. I will be stubborn and ask, which one of you can truly say (and mean it) that they are without sin? It is not impossible, I am sure that there are many moments that we can answer this in the affirmative, that is great! Let is look to permanently be able to share (and say this).
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
In other words, the cross is our guarantee that God is for us and is committed to give us everything we would ask for if we knew everything he knew. We can be content with that and wait patiently for his answers.
2. Watch with expectancy, but be prepared for unexpected answers (Psalm 5:3).
While God has been faithful to answer many of my prayers, it’s often been in far different ways than I would have anticipated! God knows that the only way to do what he and I both desire will, at times, involve varying degrees of discomfort in my life.
Growing in humility means pride has to be done away with. Learning to love like Jesus requires us to say no to self’s constant demand for selfish ambition, wanting our own way, and putting ourselves first. Growing in patience inevitably involves some form of waiting, whether in a long line at the grocery story or a lifetime for a loved one to come to Christ. When we lay our requests before him, it is by faith that we wait and watch in anticipation of God’s good work in us and others.
3. Put your hope in his Word (Psalm 130:5-6).
We can be tempted to put our hope in things that may disappoint us in the end. We can hope a doctor will heal us, a teacher will pass us, a spouse will love us, our employer will reward us, or a friend will help us. But it is only when we put our hope in Christ that we can wait with confidence and know we will not be put to shame.
It seems that God allows us to experience disappointments in life to teach us that nothing else will truly satisfy or provide us with a firm foundation to stand upon. God’s Word alone is unshakable. We can wait for the Lord knowing that, no matter how dark the night is, his light will break through in our lives, bringing abundant joy through a more intimate relationship with Christ.
4. Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).