Wait Patiently For God
‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;…Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.’
– Psalm 37:7,34 (NIV)
God comes to Abraham when he is seventy-five and tells him he is going to be a father, the ancestor of a great nation. How long was it before that promise was fulfilled? Twenty-four years. Abraham had to wait.
God told Moses he would lead the people to the Promised Land. But they had to wait forty years in the wilderness.
In the Bible, waiting is so closely associated with faith that sometimes the two words are used interchangeably.
The great promise of the Old Testament was that a Messiah would come. But Israel had to wait — generation after generation, century after century. And when the Messiah came, He was recognized only by those who had their eyes fixed on his coming — like Simeon. He was an old man who “was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”
But even the arrival of Jesus did not mean that the waiting was over. Jesus lived, taught, was crucified, was resurrected, and was about to ascend when His friends asked Him, “Lord, will you restore the kingdom now?” That is, “Can we stop waiting?”
And Jesus had one more command:
Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.
And the Holy Spirit came — but that still did not mean that the time of waiting was over.
We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Forty-three times in the Old Testament alone, the people are commanded,
Wait. Wait on the LORD.
The last words in the Bible are about waiting:
The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’
It may not seem like it, but in light of eternity, it is soon. Hang on. “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
All right, we’ll hang on.
But come! We’re waiting for You.
Why does God make us wait?
If He can do anything, why doesn’t He bring us relief and help and answers now?
At least in part, to paraphrase Ben Patterson,
What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for.
(Adapted from If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg)
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your faithfulness always. My hope is in you, help me to wait patiently for you in all situations and circumstances. Help me to learn the lesson in waiting for you. Help me to see you in your fullness all day, every day.
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
10 Days of Fire continues! Today is #Day7
Join us as we meet the Lord in fasting and much prayers of His unfailing promises for this New Year!
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm (Weds Jan.2- Thurs. Jan.10)
All Night Prayers: 11pm-5am (Fri.Jan.11,2019)