Isaiah 40:27-31 "Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? (28) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. (29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: (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."
Waiting on the Lord is something we all must do. We must trust in his timing and His wisdom. Waiting is never easy. How many times have you been in traffic and gotten impatient or waiting in line at the store or waiting for an appointment at the doctor's office, or even more impactful waiting for results of medical test or waiting for the return of a wayward child. These are not things we enjoy.
Three reasons we do not enjoy these things:
1. Waiting removes our control: If we think about it we should not be in control of our lives the Lord should. Our lives should be governed by the instruction of the Word of God and The Holy Spirit of God who lives within every believer. When we take control of our lives, in other words when we are self-controlled many times it turns out to be a struggle between our new and old nature. As Paul tells us was his experience in romans 7.
Romans 7:18-25 "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (19) For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (21) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
2. Waiting is inconvenient: When we wait on the Lord it sometimes changes our plans. Circumstances in our lives do not go the way we had envisioned them. Learning to live in such a way that God's plans are the same as our plans demonstrates our faith and spiritual maturity. As David says in Psalm 25, we should trust in God, ask Him to show us His ways and to teach us His paths and to lead us in His truth.
Psalm 25:1-5 "Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. (2) O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. (3) Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. (4) Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. (5) Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."
3. Waiting causes uncertainty: The question we most often ask is," how is "it" going to turn out"? Every believer must have faith in God. We will have trials, challenges, tribulations, delays and discouragements. How will we deal with these things when they come into our lives? Will we be self-serving or will we be God honoring?
Psalm 27:13-14 "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (14) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."
Written by Gary Taylor