Posted by: bshelley | December 2, 2008

Wait for the Lord


Today’s Verse: Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. NASB

I don’t mind taking the rare opportunity now and again to lay around and do nothing. It is nice to be able to just relax and recharge. One could maybe get this kind of picture in their mind reading this verse. However, the picture here is not one of doing “nuthin”. Although I do find it nice to relax and rest sometimes, when I am ready for things to happen, I don’t often enough exercise the patience required to “wait” on anybody. It is a kind of “the train is leaving the station, get on or get left behind” attitude. Psalm 27 is a testimony and wisdom being passed from the psalmist to us, the readers. My Bible has a title over it that says “A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God”. He says, with God in my life, “Whom shall I fear?” When we are struggling on getting something accomplished and run into delays, lack of participation or even blockades, the psalmist says that if we will allow, God is with us and will help win the day. The situation is not one of someone just relaxing waiting for God to do His thing, but rather someone actively attempting to accomplish something in God’s will and hitting stumbling blocks and even walls. We do not have to fear our opposition or failure when we are seeking to accomplish goals. We put our shoulder to the wheel and go. We are to utilize all of the resources that God has provided to get it done. But wait. Are we working in concert with Him or in our own power only calling on Him if we get stuck? Is God a partner in what we are attempting to accomplish or are we treating Him more like 911? Have you ever worked around someone or known someone so well that you could anticipate their next move? It is not something that just happens overnight. It requires time and practice. That’s how it is with God. Although He can certainly anticipate our every move, we have to learn by doing in order to “get in step” with Him. When He is part of every move, we can know that when we get stuck or hit that barrier, He steps right in and provides a way. As we practice that more, we will begin to get a feel for what it means to “wait” on Him. We are on the stage with Him, not sitting in the audience watching. Waiting is part of the choreography of working with Him in His will. It is a beautiful and fulfilling thing to be a part of as we begin to get the feel of how to “Wait for the Lord.”

As always, may God bless your heart as you seek His.


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