“But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Very few concepts are more important in our spiritual growth than that of “waiting on the Lord.” But what does it mean to “wait on the Lord”? If it involves any real “waiting,” most of us would find that a difficult thing to do, given our insistence on immediate gratification in all our endeavors. Whatever it may involve, “Waiting” doesn’t sound good to us.
In truth, “waiting on the Lord” does mean more than merely waiting (“remaining in a state of expectation”). We can speak of a servant “waiting” on his master, and that aspect of waiting is certainly included in our relation-ship to God. We are at His beck and call, at His service. Our job is to wait until He needs us, and then spring into action at His command. Young Sam-uel had the right idea: “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:9, 10).
But although waiting on the Lord involves more than mere waiting, it does not involve less. Reverence often requires us to wait patiently until he deems that the time is right for certain things to happen. Since He sees matters from a more complete perspective than we, and since He must take many more things into account than we, it is often the case that His timetable is different than ours. He may not act as quickly as we wish, and at such times we must be content to wait on the Lord, knowing that He will make all things beautiful…in His time! We would do well to take Guerric of Igny’s advice: “Have courage and give God time.”
But if it is difficult for us to wait, there is also a sense in which it can be joyous. You may not see anything good about yearning for what you desperately need but do not presently have, but I suggest that the idea of joyful yearning is one that can pay great dividends in life. Indeed, anticipa-tion is a big part of the wholesome enjoyment of anything. So whenever it is necessary to wait on the Lord, can we not do so with joy and love and thanksgiving?
A Leader's Heart of Love for the Unlovely
“Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, With the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; For battle cries have fallen Over your summer fruits and your harvest.”
Someone must have forgotten to tell Isaiah that he lived in Old Testament times. The picture of most ancient Hebrew lead-ers is anger and eagerness for God’s righteous judgment to fall upon the wicked. And yet, here stands Isaiah, crying out for hea-then Moab and weeping for wayward Heshbon.
Isaiah demonstrates the attitude of a godly leader who sees approaching judgment for unbelievers. He grieves over what is coming for lost souls. Isaiah’s lament over the fate of these an-cient nations reveals the attitude of a truly godly leader.
We ought to stand in awed silence when we see this judg-ment of God falling on those who have forsaken His way. But we should never see His judgement as an occasion to celebrate our own righteousness. We should grieve for the lost and reflect deeply on the grace and mercy God has extended to us.
A Cheerful Giver
2 Cor. 9:6-15
I. Remind Yourself that Giving is Commanded by God
a. 1 Cor. 16:1-2
b. Rev. 22:14
II. Remind Yourself that Everything Belongs to the Lord
a. 1 Cor. 10:26
b. Psa. 50:10
III. Remind Yourself that All that You Possess Has come from God
a. James 1:17
IV. Remind Yourself that God
Loves a Cheerful Giver
a. 2 Cor. 9:7
V. Remind Yourself of What God has Already Given for You and to You
a. John 3:16
Making God a Liar
I. By Saying They Will Reap Something Other Than They Have Sown in Life