LEARNING TO WAIT…


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Psalm 33:18-22 – “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, 19 To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine.  20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.   21 For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.  22 Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.”  NASU

 

I find this a particularly interesting and challenging passage.  It is encouraging, filled with promise, laced with guidance and direction, and carries a condition that most miss.  When I read passages from the Bible sometimes there are certain things that leap off the page to me and grab my attention which results in going back to look in more detail at what has been said.  That is what happened with the conditional portion of this passage.

As I gave this passage a cursory reading I was blessed but when I came to verse twenty-two I was arrested by the Holy Spirit and went back to look over the passage in more detail and with a different heart.  Let’s consider it from verse eighteen and see where it leads us:

  1. We have a Revelation which also has a condition attached.

The Eye of the Lord is on those who Fear Him and on those who Hope for His Lovingkindness.  They are hoping, trusting, or believing for God to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. There is both protection and provision in this revelation of “God’s Watching Over Us.”  I find repeatedly in Scripture the solidification of this and take great comfort in knowing that God not only Sees but Can and Will do something about my situation. 

  1. There is the Instruction.

The Soul that is waiting upon the Lord knowing that He is our Help and our Shield, that’s the picture.  Wow!  In my “waiting” on the Lord, I am entering into not only His provision but His protection.  That is not only instructional but tremendously encouraging. 

  1. There Is an Encouragement and a Nudging.

To allow the heart to Rejoice in Him, and that is possible because we Trust Him.  It is out of my faith that I am able to “Rejoice in All Things” and “Give Thanks in All Things.”  It is as I trust His Name, His Person, and His Grace that I am Free to Rejoice! 

  1. There is the Request and the Condition.

The Request is – – “Let your Lovingkindness be upon us.”

The Condition is – – “According as we have hoped in You.”

That reminds me of the passage in 3 John 2 – “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” NASU The promise and desired result are clear but the condition is unmistakable if we are haphazard in our relationship with the Lord we become as James described “double-minded” and that instability renders us, poor candidates, to receive.  Why?  We are not in a spiritual mindset or condition to utilize it properly and in all likelihood would as James declared “consume it upon our own lusts rather than to move us closer to God and advance the Kingdom.”  I am not saying that God will not bless anyone who is not Totally Dedicated to Him.  No! No!  If that were the case few of us would have ever received anything from Him.  What I am saying is that if we want to live in the midst of God’s Care, Keeping, and Blessing we need to train our souls to WAIT UPON THE LORD and SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!  It is in that condition of heart that we humbly receive His blessings and as a result, many others are also blessed.

May God be with you as you go through your day!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WAIT ON THE LORD?


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Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”  NKJV

 “Waiting” is not one of humankind’s strengths.  It would seem that most of us most of the time “hate to wait”.  We don’t like lines at the check-out stand, delays at the doctor’s office, the interim between the time we are ready to go and those going with us getting ready, delays in answers to prayer, waiting at restaurants for our seat or food or in traffic.  We just don’t like to “wait.”  So, when we read, “…those who WAIT on the Lord….” – – it causes some difficulty in the mind for many.  The idea in the Hebrew seems to indicate that this “waiting” is a word that comes from a prime root that means to “twist or bind together”.  It means to “look, patiently tarry, wait for” with expectation.  Therefore, in a true sense, spiritually, when we are “waiting on the Lord” we are allowing the Holy Spirit to twist us together and bind us together with Him so that we become ONE with Him.

With that in mind makes perfect sense that through this process we should gain a “renewal” of strength because we develop a oneness with Him and therefore have a greater infusion of His strength into our lives.  Because, he sees all and is overall it is no stretch to use the analogy of mounting up with wings like eagles, because from that binding together into a oneness with Him allows us to rise above the din and clutter below and enables us to see the bigger picture.  Likewise, because He is the infinite strength we would naturally find ourselves able to go tirelessly without being weary in this race and able to walk (live) without fear of exhausting from the taxations of life’s difficulties.  Therefore, if we need to learn anything it is to “wait” on the Lord.  That does not mean just sit back and delay but an active allowing of the Holy Spirit to mesh our lives with Him, our minds with Him, our spirits with His and become ONE with Him.  As we do this and learn this we find ourselves walking in a more full and victorious life in the King and Kingdom of God.

Do not fear silence or time alone with God it is a time of development of strength as much or more than intensive exercise to build muscles in the natural body.  Therefore, set some time aside on a regular basis to “wait on the Lord” and then stand amazed at the growth that transpires in your life.

May the Lord richly bless you as you embark on today’s journey!