YOU JUST “WAIT” AND SEE!
We have been programmed to be impatient. We are a society that has been programmed to get what it wants and to get it NOW! It is not in our nature or makeup to want to wait. We have instant coffee, instant tea, and instant oats. We eat fast food, spend fast cash, and drive in fast lanes. We have micro-waves, speed dialing, and instant internet access. We don’t like to wait.
However, we spend a lot of time waiting in spite of all the modern conveniences and in spite of the fact that we don’t like it. We wait at the doctor’s office. We wait in traffic. We wait in lines. We wait when we go out to eat at a restaurant. (We wait to be seated, wait for the menu, wait to order food, wait for the check, and then wait in line to pay the check. We are even served by someone who “waits” (?) on us. (Actually, they serve, we wait!) And many of us don’t wait well. We have a problem waiting. Personally, I must be doing something while I’m waiting. For example, if I am waiting at the hospital, I have to talk to someone, walk around, read a book or magazine, talk on the phone or something. I can’t just sit and wait. I have small New Testament that I carry in my car so that I can read it when I have to wait. I have read the New Testament a number of times over the years while waiting. I must do something when I wait.
When it comes to the problems and pressures of life the Bible teaches us to “wait on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” God says if we will “wait,” He will “strengthen” our hearts. We all have trouble, heartaches, and pain. We live only a “few days” and they are “full of trouble” (Job 14:1-2). What are we supposed to do when trouble comes? Wait! That’s it. Wait! God tells us to Wait! Wait! Wait! He tells us to do something that is hard for us to do. Just Wait!
Now what can we do to make waiting easier? In this article we will use the letters in the word wait (W.A.I.T.) to help us know what to do while we are waiting. Notice the letters in the word:
W. The “W” does not stand for “worry” which is what some of us do, but it stands for the WORD of God. We worry when we should be focusing on His word. The Psalmist said “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope” (Ps. 130:5). While we are waiting for Him to help us, we should be meditating on the promises in His word.
A. The “A” does not stand for “angry” which is how some of us react, but it stands for “ASKING.” The Psalmist said; “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Ps. 5:3). He would “ask” and “wait.” According to Luke 18:1, Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. While we are waiting for Him to act, we should keep asking for His help.
I. The “I” does not stand for “impatient” which is the attitude some of us manifest when we have to wait, but it stands for “INVOLVED.” Psalm 37:34 states: “Wait on the Lord, And keep His way…” Staying involved in His work, will help us wait for His will. Our Father always knows best and we just need to stay involved until the problem is solved (in His own way).
T. The “T” does not stand for “troubled” which is what some of us focus on when we are waiting, but it stands for “TRUST.” Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord….and wait patiently for Him.” Trust Him and wait.
Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who wait (Focus on His Word, and keep Asking for His help, and are Involved in His work, and Trust in His promises) 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.”
Psalm 40:1-4a says: I WAITED PATIENTLY for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord…(Psalm 40:1-4, NIV).
David’s problem…led to his prayer…which led to his praise. Being in a “horrible pit” caused him to “WAIT PATIENTLY” and to “pray fervently” and to “trust completely.” God heard his cry, lifted him out of the horrible pit, set his feet on a rock, established his steps, and put a new song in his mouth.
Will this work for us? Just “WAIT” and see! Thank God for Jesus!