In one of my previous blogs, I posted a little chorus called ‘Wings As Eagles.’ I also got a nice response about it and I just felt I needed to share a few things about waiting on the Lord. This is an area that is so difficult for all of us to do. We are so prone to rushing ahead of the Lord and we should be learning to ‘WAIT’ on Him.
I’ve heard loads of comments about patience that I find is so funny. Many times people will say, “Don’t pray for patience because then you will end up going through a lot of trials and testings.” This is the wrong view of the whole matter! The Lord doesn’t wait for us to pray for patience before He begins teaching us. One of the fruit that we are supposed to be showing is long-suffering (patience). The Bible doesn’t tell us only to pray for ourselves to grow in areas where we won’t have to go through trials. If you are not praying and seeking to become more like Christ (regardless of any trial you might have to go through) then you are in sin.
Hebrews 12:5-13 makes it very clear that God’s chastening yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. God will chasten His children whether or not they ask for chastening. Many times God uses this thing called waiting to teach us patience! It doesn’t matter if we want to wait for something or not. In fact, many times we don’t want to wait and begin to throw our own tantrum in hopes that the Lord will give us our demand. Funnily enough, it’s very seldom we get what we want when we demand it. When we do get it then we normally regret having demanded it due to the heartache it causes us.
The Lord works everything out according to His will; therefore, we should be very careful about demanding our way. Moses was considered the most humble man on earth and this is what he said to the Lord, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” (Ex. 33:15) That should be our whole focus when it comes to waiting.
I’ve heard several pastors make the comment that instead of being so caught up in the gift, we should be desirous of the Giver of the gifts. The gifts cannot satisfy but the Giver of the gifts can satisfy every longing in our hearts! Wait on the Lord and you will see your very life change before your eyes. Don’t demand things because you think that will be what makes you happy but ask the Lord to give you what He wants you to have.
Psalm 27:14; Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord