“Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” Psalm 27:14
Definition of “to wait:” To defer action or departure for a specified time or until some expected event occurs; to be expectant or on the watch.
In our culture of hurried and harried lifestyles — of deadlines and timelines and fierce competition — the Lord enters our lives and says, “Wait for me.” We become angry with people who drive slowly and impatient with children who want us to take time to look at bugs and leaves. God tells us to be still and wait.
We have drive-through banks and fast food outlets, instant meals, instant banking, and wireless communication. And yet God keeps telling us to be patient and wait on Him and for Him.
“Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
“Be still before Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).
“Maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6).
The benefits of waiting for the Lord:
“Blessed are all who wait for Him! He rises to show you compassion” (Isaiah 30:18).
“They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31).
“Surely, this is our God; we trust (waited) in him, and he saved us” (Isaiah 25:9).
Our declaration to Him:
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desires of our heart” (Isaiah 26:8).
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5, 6).
Father God, the next time we find ourselves harried, impatient, and worried, help us to take a moment to stop and mentally focus on You and Your sufficiency. You are waiting to show compassion on us. Holy Spirit, remind us to increasingly rest in Christ. You can do beyond everything we can ever dream of or imagine.
By Katherine Kehler
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