Waiting for most is a difficult thing to do. Most people do not like to wait. Not only do they not like to wait, they worry about what they are waiting for. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This passage makes it clear that you are going to go through things where you will have to wait for the outcome to reveal itself. Sadly most people will not wait as it is easier to go ahead and then ask God to bless it later which is odd because you are asking God to bless your plans and not His. The foundation that needs to be laid in waiting is this. Isaiah 64:4 “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.” This is why the disciples were told to wait for the Holy Spirit before they went. Waiting involves a willing obedience. When we stand upon that Rock we will wait on the Lord to reveal himself. During this time of waiting, there can be much suffering and opposition as David and Job experienced. Job said, 12:4 “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered— a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless! 13:5 “You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you! If only you would be altogether silent!” And even though Job was suffering greatly he said, 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” This is the foundation for waiting on God. We must believe as Peter 5:6 said, “ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” If we wait on God He will act on our behalf. To wait means to hope in Him knowing that in due time God will keep his promise to life you up. During this time is where strength is needed. David said in Psalm 27:13 “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” This is a time where you will get stronger or quit. If you go ahead and do it yourself that is disobedience just as quitting is. But if you wait you will become stronger and see the results of those who wait upon the Lord. 1 Samuel 10 “but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do” We cannot build something God wants without his plans and his resources. So during this time keep your eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” The reason we must keep focused on Jesus is simple; you will fall if you don’t. Peter goes on to say “8 Be alert and of sober mind.” Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Resist satan by not giving up and standing firm on the Rock. As we return to the heart of worship we must once again wait on the Lord according to his word.
Prayer: I acknowledge that there is no other god but you O lord. As I wait for you make me strong.