Waiting: Command or Option

1 Sep
Waiting is a Command.

Psalm 27:13 says, “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” Even though the Lord gives the command to wait, He is so eager to reward us for our dependence on Him. This is what the verse explains: if we wait, He strengthens our heart; He gives us little tokens for good to help us to continue to wait even during the times when it may become wearisome. He will always be there for us. He will never leave us or forsake us; He will never give us that which we cannot handle but will always allow His grace to be sufficient.
We may even be blessed with integrity and uprightness preserving us throughout our life. Psalm 25:21, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”
What is integrity? Innocence, perfection, simplicity. We ought to be innocent concerning sin and walk in a way that is perfect before God.
Uprightness is to be direct, right, well pleasing. This causes us to walk rightly, not cumbered about with the cares of this world, but walking in a way that is pleasing to our God and our authorities. In our daily walk with Christ, we must look out for the little tares that nip and bite at the souls of our feet. These tares cause us to slide backward, away from the things of the Lord; they quench our desire to thirst and pant after Christ. These tares may seem insignificant in the whole scheme of everyday life but little by little they take root and become strong vines that will choke out the peace, joy, and freedom that Christ has given.
To preserve is to protect, maintain, to guard. He will protect us from evil when we are walking in His ways and He will give us the grace to continue in the way which He has led us. (As a side note, for those of us that are under our parent’s authority and living under their roof…God often leads our parents in paths that He has chosen and it is our responsibility to follow them in the way that they instruct. This is how we honor them and obey God. Only the Lord knows what convictions and standards He desires to see in us down the road as we mature in His likeness. The Lord will give special wisdom to our parents/authorities and use them to mold us into the vessel that we ought to be. This is why we ought to obey their instruction, prefer their interests above our own, listen to their cautions, and take heed to their counsel.)
Do we not desire that integrity and uprightness be demonstrated in our everyday life? I’m sure that we all desire to walk perfectly before our God, and that our ways would be well pleasing and right before His eyes. When these qualities are demonstrated and as He is protecting and guarding us from evil, He will give us the ability to protect and guard our heart, soul, and mind from that which is not the best for us. Oh, how much grief and turmoil we would be spared if we would just learn to wait on our Beloved, our Friend.
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.” As we wait for our Saviour to come and manifest Himself either to the world when He returns to capture His bride or to us as we are alone seeking Him and reading His Word from day to day, we ought to be strengthened and girded about. We ought to protect ourselves from the tares that can so easily choke out His work in our lives, we ought to protect ourselves from wrong influences that will deter us from spiritual growth; and we ought to protect ourselves from a life of self-pleasing. But what does it mean to have our lights burning? Jesus is the light of the world. We ought to be that witness, testimony, and example that the Lord has called us to be so that we can point Christians and the unsaved world to Him. We ought to be boldly proclaiming His work on the cross and unashamedly exhibiting His work in our lives- so that when He comes and meets with us in a personal way, our hearts may be opened immediately to Him because we were waiting and looking in anticipation for Him.
However, this will not happen, if we are not spending time in His Word on a consistet daily basis. We will not know Christ as we ought, we will not be thinking like our Saviour, we will not be exhibiting a powerful testimony of God’s work in us if we are not seeking Him and communing with him every day. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2. The more time we spend with Him, the more we delight in Him. I cannot stress enough how important it is to know Christ and the only way we can start knowing Him is by spending time with Him. We must pour our hearts out to Him in prayer, we must search His Word and apply it to our lives, we must live in obedience to His commands. This is how we know Him – this is how the mind of Christ is imparted to us.

Find out what benefits and blessings you receive when you wait!

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