Monday, June 20, 2016

The Waiting Room

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."  Psalm 27:14 

I was recently talking with a friend who's been going through a test of faith.  As she shared her heart with me she cried, "when is God going to do something?  I've prayed and prayed and PRAYED!" She said, "I read accounts in the bible where people prayed and God answered them."  She clearly felt alone, distressed and discouraged.  

When she finished and waited for my response it was this: "It's not the end of the matter yet".  It's true, many bible characters prayed and the Lord answered.  But he answered in his time.  In Psalm 27 David repeatedly cries to the Lord.  But he faithfully points out who the Lord is and what he believes the Lord can and will do.  

He begins by saying, "the Lord is my light and salvation and I don't need to be afraid.  The wicked come against me, but it is them who will fall.  In trouble he will keep me safe and set me on a rock." 

But verse seven takes a turn.  We find David saying, "Lord, hear my voice, be merciful and answer me. Don't hide your face from me, don't turn me away, don't reject or forsake me. Teach me your way."   

Obviously, now, David is crying out to the Lord for help.  We clearly see that David knows he needs to be taught something.  He said, "teach me your way".  At this point it seems that he might be feeling the same way my friend was feeling: alone, distressed and discouraged. 

Then in verses 13 and 14, David reveals the key that unlocks the situation. He says, "I am confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

David is sure that God will answer.  He is confident that the Lord will help.  But he then states that he knows he has to wait.  And he mentions this not once, but twice in the same verse.  


Have you ever had someone tell you something that you agreed with wholeheartedly so you declared, "you can say that again?"  

In Isaiah 40 we read, "don't you know, haven't you heard, that the everlasting God never faints or gets weary?  He gives power to the faint and he strengthens the weak.  Even young people will faint and fall (those without God) but they that WAIT upon the Lord, their strength will be renewed, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not grow faint".  

If you look into the Hebrew meaning of the word "wait" as it is used in these passages, Isaiah 40 and Psalm 27, it means "entwined".  It means "when you are right in the thick of things, when things look dark, when everything points to failure, when you can't see the end from the beginning, right in the midst of the battle, when you feel you can't go on..."

God gives you strength.  He gives you power.  He renews you so that you can run the race without fainting.  
It happens in the waiting.  

"Wait, I say, on the Lord."    


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