Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. ~ Psalm 25:4-5
One clear theme in the Bible, both in the Old as well as in the New Testaments, is to wait on the Lord. For example, in Jeremiah 14:22, the people recognize the need to wait on the Lord as the God of providence: “Art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.” And Psalm 25:5 urges us to wait – constantly – on God because He is the God of our salvation. For the Christian, therefore, to wait on God is simply to live his or her faith by waiting on God. However, in our fallen nature, we might find it easier to profess one, but much harder to do the other, making grace all the more an imperative. Waiting on God was one of David's secrets of being a man after God's own heart. Throughout the Book of Psalms, he showed that God was his confidence; he trusted Him in every aspect of his life. David also relied on God and looked to Him for instruction. He depended on God for vindication and victory over his enemies; and, for deliverance from trouble and destruction. And of course, he always looked to God for His forgiving love. Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to our prayers. Waiting tests our submission to Him as our trustworthy Authority. Waiting is not resignation from all activity but submission to God. It means we put all of our life under his authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, which we are sometimes inclined to, we will be painfully chastened by difficulty, exhaustion, and failure. And, taking matters in our own hands will not make matters any better. Think of Abraham with Ishmael, Saul's usurping the role of a priest, Israel looking to Egypt for help (Isa. 30:1-3), or many other examples. The evidence of Scripture teaches us that taking matters in our own hands will cause us to lose the delight of the Lord. How then do we wait on the Lord? We wait prayerfully, and with strength and courage. We wait rejoicing and trusting in His holy name. We wait with hope and with patience. And we wait always and eagerly: “We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23 ESV) Beloved of God, as you humble yourselves and open up to the Spirit of God, you will be strengthened and encouraged in the grace of waiting on God.
In Christ, Pastor Robert Chew