“They that wait upon the Lord.” Isa 40:31
The word “wait” gives us a picture of two things. The first is of a waiter at your table attending to your needs. The second is of a lower-level person making a request of a higher-level one. Your success depends on approaching them the right way, and on their willingness to grant your request. Since they hold the power, you must be patient and wait for them. Are you getting the idea? Our problem is twofold. First, we want God to wait on us, instead of the other way around. Second, we don’t want to wait for anything! We drive to work listening to the radio and talking on the phone; some of us even put ourselves and others at risk by text-messaging. Vance Havner points out that in the Old West if someone missed a stagecoach they said, “That’s okay, another one will come around in three or four weeks. Now we don’t even want to wait for a revolving door.” What God does in you while you are waiting is often more important than what you’re asking God to do. Waiting on God brings rewards that nothing else will. Here are a few of them: (1) Vindication. “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong… Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:1,4 NIV). (2) Strength. “Wait on the Lord…and He shall strengthen your heart” (Ps 27:14 NKJV). (3) Deliverance. “I…waited for God…He lifted me out of the ditch” (Ps 40:1-2 TM). So relax, wait on God and He will come through for you.
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