August 31, 2008
Psalm 27:14 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
14 Wait for the LORD;
be courageous and let your heart be strong.
Wait for the LORD.
Waiting is difficult. We expect immediate results.(Fast food, high speed internet, fast cars, etc.) Then when we go to God in prayer, we expect the answers to happen very quickly.
If waiting on the Lord results in becoming courageous and developing a strong heart, then the opposite is fear and a weak heart for being impatient. The world expects us to be constantly on our toes and pushing us to the limit. The world believes waiting results in loss of productivity and money.
When the storms of life come, I want to race through the storm and get out a.s.a.p! Yet, God says TWICE in this passage to, “Wait for the Lord.” The Lord exists outside of time and sees the end results of our actions. As for me, living in time, my flesh wants to keep going, going, going. When God makes a statement more than once in His word, I should pay attention and follow his orders. Waiting on the Lord, can produce positive spiritual and physical results.
Some examples of positive results by waiting on the Lord is a focus on the Lord and less on my problem(s), puts the issue(s) in God’s hands and out of mine, peace from the presence of the Holy Spirit and not having to worry about falling into pieces, less likely to be physically ill, plus courage and strength replaces fear and weakness.
Forgive me when I have failed in lack of patience and waiting on you in your timing. Help me to understand you see the future and know the best course of action. Please develop in me a courageous and strong heart to be used for your will and glorify you. Help me to know waiting is a sign of wisdom and not foolishness. Thank you for being patient and waiting on me to come into a relationship with your Son, Jesus. If you are patient, then I want those same traits you possess. Amen