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“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He will strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” Psalms 27:14
If you’ve ever been in the midst of a situation where you have to wait for someone or something to happen before you get relief then you know what it means to be anxious.
Nobody likes to wait when they are in dire straits. We want instant results or instant answers. Especially when you have people pressuring you. Like when the landlord is pressuring you for the rent, or when the utility company is threating to cut you off. Or when your children are pressuring you for their needs or you’re waiting to hear back from a job. You want relief now.
David tells us in the above scripture to “wait on the Lord.” Why do we find that hard to do in trouble times? I think it’s because we’re not waiting on the Lord at all. We’re actually waiting on people to help us and not the Lord. Why do I say this? It’s because when you’re truly waiting on the Lord there will be peace and strength to settle your heart so that you’re not full of anxiety. Waiting on people will cause you to make the wrong decisions and comprise your faith. Saul made this mistake when Samuel told him to wait till he return but when Samuel was delayed Saul because of the pressure from the people made a decision that would cost him the kingdom and ultimately his life.
“And Samuel said, What has thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash: Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt-offering.” I Samuel 13:11-12
Samuel was the voice of God to Israel. Saul not following Samuel’s instructions was Saul not waiting on the Lord. Now let’s contrast this with Job. Job lost his children, his house, his wealth, his health and all that he had. His friends were telling him that it must be his fault that he was in the predicament that he was in. His wife even told him to curse God and die. But here what Job says:
“If a man dies, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job 14:14
Job was waiting on God not man. It didn’t matter how long it took Job knew that God was wait worthy. He didn’t comprise his faith or make a bad decision because Job was waiting on God.
God is wait worthy! He has been tried and proven never to fail. Regardless of what you might lose or have lost while you’re waiting know that He will restore to you more than hundredfold. Therefore, our posture should be, while I wait on Him, I will continue to worship Him.