August 27, 2015

Wait on the Lord

Our Christian walk of faith is often a journey of waiting, and waiting which we don't always do with much patience. Put my name at the top of the impatient list, but I am learning. Waiting is hard since obviously, we don’t know the answer. We also don't know when the answer will come. Yet, acknowledging that God holds the answer turns our waiting into trust. As a result, faith renews our strength to wait. We will need a lot of strength, because we will do a great amount of waiting on our faith journey.

Everything we do - we do by faith and that faith enables us to trust and wait, it builds our faith to believe and know that all that is left to do is wait on Him for the results. Many times, those results are a long, long time coming, and yet, day by day faith is required for the journey.

Our journey isn't necessarily about the end result, but how we endure the unknown. Will we endure when we grow discouraged? Will we trust Him to renew our strength and move us out of the place of discouragement to a place of peace and hope again? In my experience, when I call out to Him with my discouraged heart, He is always faithful to lift me up again and I can rest in knowing He is in control.

The choice to trust will help us wait. This choice will help us persevere and endure, grow and learn, it will test us and teach us, and our faith will grow deeper. A deep and strong faith is the result of steadfast waiting on the Lord.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on 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.                   

Psalm 62:1, 5
1 Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.
5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.