Posted by: missionventureministries | May 19, 2014

WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD – Psalm 40:1

Psalm 40 vs 1

I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 

When we are in fellowship with our heavenly Father we get to know Him and we learn to patiently wait on Him, because God always has our best in mind.  

Patience is a virtue. It is also a way in which the Lord delivers His blessings to us. Just like nature patiently waits for rain and dew to be provided, so patient saints wait for God to rain down His blessings on them.  “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7) Patiently waiting upon God was a special characteristic of our Lord Jesus. Impatience never lingered in His heart, much less escaped His lips. Therefore, we pray and wait, knowing that Jesus Christ is completely aware of our needs. When we wait and trust the Lord even in the midst of tribulation, He prepares our minds, heart and character because: “Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character.” (Romans 5:3-4) 

When we wait patiently and pray, we discover God’s will and purpose in the things that most concern us. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25) Yes, it is hard to be patient when we really want something. Do we think before we act? Is our motive aligned with what the Almighty wants for us? Is it ever appropriate to make a decision without consulting the Lord? Our heavenly Father knows what we need and when we are able to handle His blessing. Pride on the other hand, demands to have things now, but humility sees the value in wisely waiting. A humble person focuses on the relationship with Jesus while they patiently wait and let Him do a work of greater grace in their heart. We need to enjoy what we already have and as we do we will appreciate what we get more earnestly. Like Job who lost everything, we need to wait on God and not loose hope. “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:11)

Trying to manipulate circumstances drains our energy, however, actively waiting on God is uplifting, because when we allow Him to strengthen us for the tasks we are called to do, we can experience supernatural power that He provides. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…  but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29, 31) 

When we rush God’s plans or do things our own way, we end up defeated. But waiting on Him will ensure our victory and keep us from foolish and precipitous acts. “Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 49:23) 

In the end, we will never be embarrassed if we choose to wait on God. Because, it is always the wise thing to do. When others encourage or even demand that we run ahead of God we need to remember the Lord’s plans and timing are always best. He knows our strengths, weaknesses, and preferences better than anyone else, even better than we know ourselves.  

We should not let circumstances tempt us to take matters into our own hands. God has a purpose for everything we experience. Isaiah spoke of a God “who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4). What a wonderful promise! While we actively wait, He actively works. Think of this: Every single day, we have the greatest Mediator working on our behalf. What a wonderful blessing this is. 

Although waiting can be one of the more difficult things in the Christian life, it is not wasted time. During periods of waiting, God teaches us lessons we couldn’t otherwise learn. In such a season, He strengthens our faith, and may even change our circumstances. His purpose is to keep us in step with Him as He prepares us to receive the answers we need to hear. Ephesians 1:11 says that the Father “works all things after the counsel of His will.”  

Some religious people will ask you, “Why are you wasting so much time in prayer, when you could be actively working in the church?”   That is a divine impossibility – there is no such thing as “wasting” time in prayer as we wait for God to guide us and reveal His perfect Holy will to us. Wasting time, Gods finances and our lives happens when we refuse to wait on God and rebel against the commands of His Holy Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  

Waiting on the Lord takes time. Even when nothing appears to be happening, we need to allow God to set the pace for our life. As we obey Him, He will honor us in due season: “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Hebrews 6:15) 

Peter warned us: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:6-10)

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