What Helps Us to Wait:

30 Aug
Ps. 59:9 “Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

Knowing that God is our strength and defense (protection) gives us the ability to wait. We can’t wait on the Lord in the power of our flesh; it won’t work; it will be too difficult; and we’ll fail. But God’s strength imparted to us gives us the grace to wait. This comes from a realization that He is our sufficiency. He is all we need. He knows best. Everything is under His control. He is the One that created us. We are in the palm of His hand. If He remembers the sparrows or the grass that burns in the sun, will He not so much more care for His children? Does He not care for His princesses? Does He not care deeply for those who desire to please Him and give Him their hearts and lives? He knows the hairs of our head. He knows every minuet detail about us. He knows more about us than we can ever know about ourselves! We can certainly entrust our futures and desires to Him. Can’t we? Yes, we can; but we must choose to entrust our everything to Him.
We are blessed to have the Lord as our help, our power, and our strength. But these blessings come from a life of waiting and absolute dependence on Him. (Isaiah 33:2, “O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee.”). He is our help and our shield (Psalm 33:20, “Our soul waited for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.”). Do we often feel so weak and helpless in the battle of life? Where is our armour – have we put on Christ? Has He girded us about and prepared us for battle? Or are we fighting in the power of our flesh? Are we cut up and bruised – barely surviving? Oh, He is there as our shield…but we must take Him on. Just like we clothe our bodies when we rise in the morning, we ought to clothe ourselves with the armour of God by spending time with Him for the day ahead. We must ask Him, in faith believing, to be our strength and defense, our help, our shield, our power. What will we choose? Will we make the effort and the time to see His face? Will we realize the importance of this principle and say “thy face will I seek”. How wonderful it would be to rise each day in His likeness but this just doesn’t happen overnight….it is a process of learning, dying to self, being consecrated to Him, and choosing to rest in Him.
We must not allow ourselves to be deceived in thinking that we know what is best for ourselves. Back in Genesis, the serpent tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit and told her that if she took it and ate it, her eyes would be opened and she would become as a god. Eve took matters into her own hands. She decided to take it and eat it despite what God had instructed. She thought this would be the best for her. But she didn’t. The guilt, condemnation, and penalty came. Biting into the deception of independent thinking will only lead us to eventually realize that we bit into rottenness. Our lives and testimony will then became distasteful not only to God but those around us.

“Waiting takes Patience and Time” – read about it tomorrow!
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