"Learning to 'Wait Upon the Lord'"
Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for 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.” ESV
One of the most difficult aspect of the Christian life is learning to “Wait upon the Lord.” As you well know, we are a people accustomed to instant gratification. Waiting does not come natural to us. We are a people drive to achieve, to overcome and to succeed. Waiting is not something we deal well with. In fact, it often brings out the worst in in us: impatience, anxiousness, uncertainty, irritability and the like. I’m sure all of you have found this to be true over the past few weeks as you have been home practicing social isolation and restricted from going about the normal routines of your life. “I know, just ask my wife.” Having me at home and underfoot more than usual has certainly upset the normal routine of her life and to my “detriment.”
But consider this, the command to “wait upon the Lord” is repeated over 50 times in scripture? If God takes the opportunity to tell us over 50 time to “wait upon Him,” it may be that the time has come for us to slow down and do just that… “wait upon Him.” For Scripture proves it, that when you put “God put your heart and ‘wait upon the Lord’” you will soon find that God moves in many wonderful and mysterious ways to not only bring blessing, but guidance and leadership to your life.
Nehemiah waited on the Lord, then God moved in his life resulting in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall in 52 days… a seemly impossible task. As a result, Israel’s enemies “recognized that it had been accomplished with the help of the Israel’s God.”
“An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Arise and go south to Gaza…’God was wooing an Ethiopian official and He wanted Philip to close the deal. Philip instantly obeyed, resulting in his salvation and the introduction to Christianity to Africa.
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac… and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Me… and Abraham rose up early in the morning…” to obey. From that testing, God fulfilled His unlikely promise to create a notion thru Abraham…. and the list goes on.
Of course, “waiting on the Lord” is the toughest part in all of this. It was in biblical times and it still is in ours. And yet, God continually reminds us to… “wait on Me.”
For those who would walk with the Lord, waiting is an essential characteristic of the Christian life and one that can only be developed through “time spend with God through prayer and in His Word.” But those who pass the test, can truly experience God’s Divine leadership, and the unequalled results that are to follow… as you learn that life is best lived in God’s time and not ours.
“Adapted from “The Challenge of Waiting” by Ron Walters of the Salem Media Group as printed in “Preaching: The Professional Journal for Ministry Leaders.” Winter 2020: Preaching.org”