I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me up out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. – Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
That’s a fighting word right there. Telling me to wait is like telling me to take my earrings off and put on some tennis shoes. LOL. Absolutely not…. right? Maybe? Well, if not fighting it surely makes me want to drop to the floor and kick my feet like a 2 year old. (Wouldn’t that be a crazy sight to see?)
When you really buckle down and ponder on the word wait, you would think it would be the easiest thing to do and that most adults would consider it a break and welcome it with open arms gladly. But the truth is…. we don’t.
We flee from the word wait. We cry and get mad when we have to wait. Don’t believe me? Just picture someone sprinting as the word WAIT chases them down the street and you pretty much get the idea. Honestly, this former track star would probably throw on some spikes in a heartbeat and join them. (le sigh**)
Why is it so hard to wait?
I couldn’t even begin to tell you. It could be the anxiousness for certain desires to come to pass or the fact that waiting patiently requires trusting God and that’s hard enough on it’s own. But what I do know, is that waiting patiently on God would make it easier for Him to move on our behalf than jumping in the ring begging Him to tag us back in. But, who am I kidding, God doesn’t want us to wait or move out of the way for His sake but OURS. God is developing our trust in Him through our patience. So in reality we’re not waiting on Him, He’s waiting on us. (Tisk, tisk, tisk.)
***Now don’t get me wrong, I am by no means, telling people to sit on their bums and do nothing. (You’re not getting off that easy…lol) Spiritual maturity, discernment and being able to hear from God are necessary in order to know what to do in a particular season.***
Anyways, the key scripture gives us an idea of what is expected of us in our everyday lives when it comes to waiting on the Lord. While reading my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional this morning, the end activity was to break down the key scripture by the action words. Please note that the only action we’re required to do is wait.
wait – patiently
turned – to me
heard – my cry
lifted – me out of the slimy pit
set – my feet on a rock
gave – me a firm place to stand
put – a new song in my mouth
Isn’t it funny how the only thing we’re required to do seems so difficult at times? Wait in the hallway, wait in the waiting room, wait on God…. We hear these things so often but how many of us actually wait?
Know that the Lord will turn to you and that He has heard your cry. He will lift you up out of whatever circumstance you’re going through and set you back on solid ground. He’s going to restore you and bring the promises over your life to pass. He will give you a firm place to stand and put a new song of praise in your mouth. But none of these things will come to pass unless you patiently wait on Him. Wait in great expectancy that God is going to move on your behalf and He will…you just have to be willing to trust Him.
Peace and love.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. -Psalm 27:14