Wait On God’s Timing

Friends,
Here is something I read in one of my devotional books under today’s date (9/13), and it is a quote from that great and wise saint, Andrew Murray. Along with it is Ps. 27:14 –“Wait on the Lord: Be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait on the Lord.” I will add the verse before it, v.13 –“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” This reminds me that we wait, not only for blessings for life after death, but also for blessings God has promised for us during our earthly lives. And if He has promised it, it will happen, provided we obey and remain in Him and His instructions.

Here is the quote: “One of the chief needs in our waiting upon God, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that God will hear and help; we are waiting on a God who never could disappoint His people. ‘Be strong and of good courage.’ These words are frequently found in connection with some great and difficult enterprise, in prospect of the combat with the power of strong enemies, and the utter insufficiency of all human strength. Is waiting on God a work so difficult, that, for that, too, such words are needed…? Yes, indeed. The deliverance for which we often have to wait is from enemies, in the presence of whom we are impotent.

The blessings for which we plead are spiritual and all unseen; things impossible with men; heavenly, supernatural, divine realities. Our hearts may well faint and fail. Our souls are so little accustomed to hold fellowship with God, the God on whom we wait so often APPEARS to hide Himself. We who have to wait are often tempted that our desire is not as upright or as earnest as it should be, that our surrender is not complete. Amid all these causes of fear or doubt, how blessed to hear the voice of God, ‘Wait on the Lord! Be strong and let thine heart take courage! Yea, wait thou on the Lord!’ Let nothing in heaven or earth or hell –let nothing keep thee from waiting on thy God in full assurance that it cannot be in vain.”

That is certainly an edifying word from Mr. Murray! –And godly advice to adhere to! During my years of evangelizing at bus stops, I have found that most people are indeed waiting for something they feel God wants to give them here in this life. It may concern a ministry, a spouse, a career, a loved one submitting to Christ… Unfortunately, there also seems to be many who want to interject their own opinions into the trusting one’s spirit. This seems to be even worse amongst “Christians”, who not only accept the world’s wisdom, but get even more confused through their undiscerning acceptance of “wisdom and revelation” from false prophets and other error-filled teachers of Scripture. No, if we are abiding in Christ and His Words (John 15:1-8), clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14), keeping in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25), and purifying ourselves by obeying the truth (1 Peter 1:22), then we can be assured that we make judgements from having “the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16)

Truthfully, I am surprised and saddened at how many “Christians” seem to opine and operate from a non-Biblical viewpoint. God does not tell us to think, trust, and act on presumption. He tells us to listen to Him and obey. This is almost always contrary to what the unspiritual man would advise. (See 1 Cor. 2:13-16 & Isa. 55:8) We can see this truth over and over again in the Bible. For example, it was God who sent the Hebrews to Egypt. It was God who kept them waiting –and enslaved– for a whopping 430 years! It was God who sent the Jews into Babylonian captivity for 70 years. It was God who sent Joseph into the dungeon before he came out to be the wise governor of Egypt. It was God who allowed David to have to wait years, already having been anointed king, yet being chased around the deserts by a jealous king, all the while learning strength, trust, and wisdom from God precisely through that suffering.

These people all had a promise of deliverance and blessing made to them years prior. Yet look at how long some of them had to wait.

Why are many supposed Bible-readers not understanding God’s words and ways? We are not to think as the world does, nor as the counterfeit “spiritual teachers” do. Why all this grumbling? We are called to suffer! And waiting is just one of those sufferings –especially if one is bound amidst lions! However, as 1 Thes. 3:3 says, “No one should be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.” Instead, let us “rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Rom. 5:3,4) And as many other Scriptures inform us, suffering produces even a whole lot more than that!

So let’s renew our minds, be transformed, and stop conforming “to the pattern of this world.” (Rom. 12:2) Then we “will be able to test and prove what God’s perfect will is” (same verse), and think, talk, advise, and live accordingly.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 13, 2009.

 
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