Waiting on the Lord

29 Aug

The Lord has been teaching me alot of what it is to wait on Him. It is one of the hardest things to do in our Christian life because we walk by faith and not by sight. As I studied this subject, the Lord, through His Word, revealed so many wonderful truths that really encouraged and strengthened my heart. I hope that perhaps these truths can be used to bless your heart as well.
I’ll be posting the second segment of this study tomorrow….so please be sure to check back. Also, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Is the Lord teaching you what it is to wait? Do you have a word of encouragement to share with others? Have you experienced a situation where you needed to wait solely on the Lord? I would love to hear your heart!
Blessings to you, my dear sisters!

Anticipate great things
Increase in Faith
Trust in Him
Initiative – to obey
Needy before God
Giving Hearts

Waiting is actually a command in the Bible and if we want to be good stewards of His Word and please Him in all our ways, we ought to take the time to learn and apply this command and principle to our lives.
Does anyone know what the word “wait” means? According to the concordance and the 1828 dictionary wait means: to bind together, to expect fully, to look, tarry, to stay or rest in expectation, to stop till the arrival of some person or event.
Now there are times in life that we just have to wait….we are basically forced to wait; sometimes we have no choice but to wait. If we ask someone a question, we need to wait for an answer. If we ask for someone to do us a favor, we need to wait for them to act. When we are traveling, we must wait to arrive at our destination. But there are instances in life, that we just don’t want to wait; we run out of patience. Especially when it comes to our desires, wishes and futures. We want things now, immediately. We want to know what we should be doing with our life now. We want answers to prayer now. We want a vision or a calling now. We want desires now. For some of us, we want a husband now; we want love now.
But we can’t have everything now. Our requests or desires often linger and are unfulfilled. God often knows that an answer or a direction in life given later rather than at the present is best for us and hence we have to wait on Him. But we must choose to wait – it is in our own power. We can easily force our own desires; we can take matters into our own hands and be out of the will of God and miss out on His blessing for our lives. God will not override our wills; so we must be very careful and walk thru life in the power of the Spirit having our wills in subjection to our Saviour’s. We must be under His authority to expect His purpose to be fulfilled in our lives.
If we become stubborn, wanting our own desires granted immediately, pursuing our own interests despite how God may lead – there is a great possibility that God can give us up to our own wills. This is what happened to the children of Israel while in the wilderness. They would so often grumble and complain and God would often give them what they wanted – but it would leave them empty and sometimes with hurtful consequences.
The only thing we should really desire in life is what David desired and expressed in the Psalms. “One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) All our desires really don’t matter, neither do our hopes and dreams, our futures…..nothing matters besides seeking after God, digging into His Word, learning of Him. Why? Because the more we seek after God and know Him, the more our wills and desires will be conformed to His. When we are conformed into His image, waiting will come so much more easily because we will be depending on Him, wanting His best, and trusting Him with our everything. Our heart’s desires will be God’s heart’s desires and we are assured that He will not withhold that which is good from us. David testified in Psalm 21:2, “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.”
However, sometimes we don’t always have the desire to wait. Sometimes we don’t want to wait. Sometimes it seems to hard to wait. Our mind says that we want to but our hearts lags behind wanting its own way. So I’m going to try to encourage us in some practical areas that pertain to waiting and will hopefully, strengthen us to wait with all of our hearts.

Tomorrow, find out what helps us to wait!

One Response to “Waiting on the Lord”

  1. Anonymous August 30, 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Sara, I am so proud of you! What wonderful writings of what the Lord Jesus is doing in your life. I so love the beautiful music you added! YOU ARE MY JOY AND MY TREASURE! Love, Mom

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