Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
Wait patiently. People often say, “Don’t ask the Lord for patience. You just may be put in a position that requires it.” But, as long as waiting is a fact of life, and I think we can all agree that it is, patience is necessary.
It’s difficult for me to be patient even when I am waiting for something good. I was the child who sneaked into her parents’ closet before Christmas morning to peek at her presents. For me, the thrill of surprise failed to outweigh the agony of waiting.
Patience also implies an unknown future. We must wait for the outcome. For most of us, that’s not an easy thing to do. I want my ducks in a row and my arrangements made, don’t you? The secret to waiting patiently is trusting God. Do you love Him? Are you called? Then trust that no matter what the outcome, “all things work together for good” for you. (Romans 8:28 )
Pray. Pray with thanksgiving and with assurance that your Heavenly Father hears you. Pray faithfully. Pray without ceasing. (Philippians 4:6; Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:17)
Hope. This hope is born of intimate knowledge and experience, the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds. This hope does not disappoint. (Romans 5:5)
Wait contentedly. Christ promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even if the whole world should crumble around us, what else could we possibly ask for? (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5)
Wait trusting. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God stands true to His Word. Has there ever been a time when God has failed you? Are not all the promises of God yes and amen in Christ Jesus? Salvation, peace, hope, joy, wisdom, fellowship, redemption, mercy and grace are all ours in Christ. God has been trustworthy in the past. God is faithful today. While you are waiting, remember that He is the Great I AM. The God who IS. Therefore, rest assured, the future belongs to Him, too. Trust Him for it. (2 Corinthians 1:20, Exodus 3:14)
Serve. Serve others and by so doing, serve God. Serve wholeheartedly and sincerely. Even the most menial task is made sacred if it is done as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23)
Count your blessings. A grateful heart is a humble heart. Cultivate the discipline of thanksgiving. God is good and your list of blessings, endless. When you delight in God’s generosity towards you, you bring honor to His Name. (I Thessalonians 5:18)
I think that waiting is one of the most difficult things to do. There are several situations in my life right now that require my patience and restraint. Sometimes, no matter how much I want it to be otherwise, there is nothing else to do but wait. And so, I am learning these things to do while waiting.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel