Monday, October 21, 2013

Waiting on the Lord

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.  –Psalm 37:9 (KJV)
Pray without ceasing.  –I Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

Often we pray, yet we think our prayers go unanswered.  The problem with such flawed thinking is we fail to realize the possibility of an undesirable answer.  When we seek the Lord and ask for something in prayer, we may discover the answer is “wait.”  Such an answer indicates God is indeed still with us, concerned, caring, and working toward our best interests.  When we wait on the Lord, we are engaging in active Christian discipleship.  Waiting on the Lord is not to be confused with doing nothing.

Does praying daily, staying in the Word, keeping the Scriptures in our hearts, resisting temptations, walking in faith, and living in godly integrity sound like we are doing nothing?  As we wait on the Lord, we are actively involved in an ongoing process of serving the Lord and doing His will.  Never believe when God leads us to wait that we are doing nothing.  We are in fact, doing what is most important, for we are growing closer to God with every step we take.

Consider Abraham, who waited 25 years for God to give him the promised son.  Consider the Israelites, who waited through 40 years of wandering in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land.  Consider the saints of old, who waiting patiently through the years for the will of God.  Think of countless missionaries, toiling daily in the spreading of the gospel as they wait for the first convert.

No matter what you are facing, trust the Lord, be patient, and wait on the Lord, for He is still in control.

God bless you today.