Psalm 27:14Amplified Bible
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Sitting in our rocking chair on our front porch on a sunny day.
Sitting in our rocking chair under our covered front porch on a rainy day.
Sitting in our recliners, watching television, doing crosswords or Sudoku.
Sitting in our Doctor’s offices or in an Urgent Care setting or Emergency Room.
Sitting in some waiting room waiting for some report on our loved one’s health.
Sitting outside Pastor’s office – the report was not what we were waiting for.
Sitting in our Pastor’s office – the report was not what we were hoping for.
Waiting …. and waiting …… and waiting some more …… for who knows what.
Reasonable …… Unreasonable Expectation we will all be …… for some reason(s)
Patient in our afflictions.
Patient in our sufferings.
Patient in our Patience.
Demonstrating sound Christian Principles …..
Modeling those Sound, Disciplined, Expected, Christ-Like Christian Behaviors,
Patient Patience …..
as we wait for the Lord to work in the difficult circumstances of our fragile life.
Such an “I’ll try to hold myself together for as long as I am strong enough, until God arrives” exhibition encourages someone’s faith in God to be strengthened.
Conversely, as one’s faith is often tested in those long and painful seasons of life, when patient endurance is called upon as we trustingly wait for the Lord to act, submissively waiting on the Lord’s promises to be fulfilled in prayer, and praise, and thanksgiving, we actually wait not with patience – but impatience.
The reality of it all is more like – “the Lord God should have been here an hour before anything, and literally everything, went awry a hundred different ways.”
It is absolutely correct to believe that Patience is a “fruit of the Holy Spirit” –
“I just wish God had given me all of His before things suddenly just flew apart.”
There always seems to be that “I got this thing under control gap” between what is communicated to us in the Word of God for His Children and reality.
When reality hits us square in the face – and it definitely will hit us somewhere, then the lessons of Scripture, somehow seem to end up in that somewhere else.
Yes! We need to confidently wait for the Lord to act on our behalf, knowing that His promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ Jesus, and we all definitely need to faithfully wait upon the Lord with His psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, making music to the Lord in our praying hearts, with thanksgiving and praise.
But we first need to discipline ourselves to actually: “Wait Upon the Lord!”
Somehow, stop ourselves from taking that one more step into our distresses!
Get a grip on ourselves …..
Look out into the world …… what is the world offering you in this moment?
Look upward unto the hills from whence cometh our help …… (Psalm 121 NIV)
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Both now and forevermore …..
Look upwards unto the Heavens …. from where our help actually did come from.
John 14:1-3 NIV
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
When we are in step with the Holy Scriptures, when we are quieting ourselves, when we are sitting on a bench, walking in step with Christ, abiding in Christ, waiting for Christ, our inner heart is empowered, and our courage is enlarged.
When we turn our eyes upward instead of focusing outward, we are waiting for His quiet and quieting presence, resting in His love, our soul is strengthened by the Spirit of the Lord, for His strength is made perfect in our restful weakness.
When we take all of God at His Word and trust Him unquestioningly, despite our inner fleshly nature and outer distressing circumstances which scream at us to do something, we will be enabled, from within, to wait on the LORD and be of good courage. For we have been promised that He shall strengthen our heart.
The Lord has His own way of restoring us unto Him the Joy of our Salvation!
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
Heavenly Father, too often my old sin nature calls upon me to take hold of the reins of my life instead of waiting, abiding in You and resting in Your promises. Help me to learn to wait on You alone and to be of good courage, knowing that You are in perfect control of my life and all I am called upon to do is to quietly wait for You to act on my behalf and to confidently wait on You with prayer and worship and a heart of blest and blessed thanksgiving and praise. In Jesus’ name, Gloria! Alleluia! AMEN.