Waiting on The Lord
February 27, 2015
One of the hardest things to do is to wait on the Lord. The bible gives us examples of people who were praying fervently and took matters into their own hands instead of waiting for God’s timing. On the contrary, there are examples of bible characters who not only waited on the Lord but were able to rejoice and be blessed by doing so. The word of God says ” But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)
God’s timing is timeless, as a matter of fact, God invented time. We know and understand time based on the rising and setting of the sun to signify a new day which has 24 hours in it. Our understanding of time is a testament to God’s faithfulness because the same sun that rises and sets every day is the same sun that has been shining since God said “Let there be light”. (Genesis 1:3) God’s timing is simply different than our understanding of time. God is eternal and wise and knows all things.
Even in the most perilous and desperate times, God will stay faithful to his word, so your suffering give him the glory. 1 Peter 4:16 says: “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”
There are two examples of people in the bible who were waiting on The Lord, that I will use to illustrate this point. The first example is of what happens when we are waiting on God to deliver on his promise, but feel he is taking too long. Classic story right? Abraham and Sara had been wanting a child and the Lord had already established it in his will for them to have a child, but they didn’t believe enough to wait. Though Sara got pregnant in her 90s, it wasn’t before she allowed her husband to impregnate her maid Hagar. This was not only an act of desperation, but it was a decision that led to much dissension and contempt between the two children, and between Sara and her maid Hagar. One child, being born to Abraham and Sara, was entitled to the inheritance of Abraham and the other being born to her maid ultimately sent away. Naturally one inherited blessings, but the other birthed a lineage of cursed people.
The next example is when God came to the rescue at the very last minute, and even though it seemed absolutely impossible to be delivered from evil, God showed up and was magnified. Three Hebrew Boys were thrown in a furnace when they refused to bow down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar, but God sent an angel in the furnace to protect God’s faithful servants from being consumed by the fire. This was not only a testament to their faith in God, but it also turned nonbelievers into believers at the sight of God’s miracle.
The only way to receive the full measure of Gods power is by aligning ourselves with Him. When we align ourselves with his will and are obedient and patient and have enough faith to trust in him to deliver on his promise and when everything is divinely appointed, we experience a new level of depth in our relationship with God. We will surely see him deliver on his promises and confirmations he has placed in our hearts, even if they don’t all come immediately.
We must have have unshakable faith in knowing that God will not withhold from us a good thing. “All things are working together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes”, (Romans 8:28) even when it doesn’t seem like it. He cannot lie and he cannot fail.