Waiting Brings Many Benefits/Blessings!

3 Sep

As we wait, we teach ourselves to rest and cause ourselves not to fret (or be afraid). These two benefits (resting and not fretting) walk hand in hand together (Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself..”. You see, David is encouraging himself to rest and wait – the opposite of that would be fretting.) As we wait on the Lord, we are committing our fears and worries to Him and putting them under His care. We are showing our dependence on Him and our desire to follow Him. He then imparts His grace, power, strength, and joy as we fully rely on Him.

Waiting also brings forth hope (Ps. 130:5, “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”). As our eyes are fastened on Jesus….we will not see the cares of the world around us; we will even lose sight of our own ambitions, our own wills. All things will grow strangely dim….as the one hymn puts it. Fears are put to rest, stress around us dies, and pressures seem to lose their grip. All of this is a result from waiting on God and looking to Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith. The beginning and ending of all things. We will actually end up being excited to see what the Lord is going to do for us and what He is going to accomplish because He withholds no good thing from those that love Him.

We are promised that as we wait, we will be renewed and will mount up as if we had wings as an eagle (Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings a eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”). When all things seem to have a new meaning, when we feel refreshed and ready for anything that comes our way, when we feel like we are a new person thinking right thoughts, speaking right words, encouraged to always do the right thing….this is a part of what it means to be renewed. And when we mount up with wings as eagles….we can soar above our problems because we left them at the foot of the cross and cast our burdens on our Saviour. We will feel the wind of His Spirit taking us to places we never dreamed of because His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. As we wait on Him, we will not grow weary…perhaps in our well-doing, our service to our King; and we will not lose heart and faint when the going gets tough. He will be there to strengthen and sustain in even the most difficult circumstances of life.

Is. 30:18 says, “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” We are promised that we’ll be blessed if we wait on Him. Do you see how the Lord Himself often waits that He may be very gracious and show great mercy to us. Gracious means to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow. Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, the all-perfect One waits. He waits so He can bless us in the most overwhelming gracious way. Can we not learn to wait on him? It’s for our own good, our own benefit.

Lamentations 3:25-26 speaks of the Lord being good to those who wait and it also speaks of it being good for us to wait (“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”). The Lord knows that waiting strengthens us and causes us to be dependent on Him. Those who lean on the everlasting arms are safe in His care. Through times of trial, He is the one that will save us as we wait on Him. This is found in Prov. 20:22 (…wait on the Lord and He shall save thee). Times of temptation may come, wait on Him; times of discouragement may come, wait on Him; times of sorrow may come, wait on Him; times of hopelessness may come, wait on Him; times of pain may come, wait on Him; times of darkness may come, wait on Him. He will save and He will deliver! Then we will be glad and rejoice that our waiting was not in vain (Is. 25:9, “….we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”)!

As we wait with patience, the Lord inclines His ear and hears but He also brings us up out of what may be considered a miry clay in our lives….the things that get us down, entangled, stuck, overwhelmed, discouraged. (Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”) He sets our feet on a rock, that we may be firm in our beliefs and steadfast in the direction He is leading us in. He establishes our goings and gives confirmations along the way telling us ‘this is the way, walk ye in it’. And the joy that comes when He puts a song in our mouth, a song of praise to God Most High!

As we look to Him and wait on Him, we are assured that “He will hear us” (Micah 7:7). He loves to hear His children and He loves to see His children seeking Him in all ways. This ought to encourage us to get on our knees, seek His face, listen to His still small voice, look into His Word, and walk in the way He leads with no hesitation and no fear because there‘s nothing but blessing waiting on and following Him. (Hos. 12:6, “Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually”).

Next: What are some things we should wait for?
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2 Responses to “Waiting Brings Many Benefits/Blessings!”

  1. Robin September 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Just wanted to say how much I love love love the music!!! Very classy touch! I haven’t had a chance to read all the new blogs yet, but I will. Love ya!

  2. Rachel September 4, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    Thank you for this post, Sara…I will refer back to it when my soul is discouraged. You said a lot of good things that I know, but need to be reminded of at times. Thank you!

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