Steven Valadez

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord  more than watchmen wait for the morning."  Psalm 130:5-6

A few nights ago, I was home alone.  My wife was visiting a friend, so I had the house (and TV) to myself.  I switched to one of my favorite channels – the History Channel.  They had a special on military snipers.  I always enjoy the History Channel’s military specials, so I watched it.  We’ve gotten used to the “Hollywood” images of snipers – amazing shots, fast reflexes, one-man-army kind of stuff.  What struck me most about this show, though, was they were very clear that the best shooters in the world spent considerable time doing something we don’t often hear about – waiting.

One shooter who was interviewed said, “We had only been in our position for two days when the target appeared!” Only two days?!  He was pleasantly surprised that they had to lie face down in the dirt for “only two days” before the action started.  Often, they would wait and watch for three, four, or five days before anything interesting happened. They would spend all day watching and waiting.  For days, they were alert, aware, and ready.  But they weren’t wasting time.  They were taking measurements, doing calculations, and running through scenarios so that when the time did come (whenever it would come), they were ready.

Sometimes, we have to wait.  We pray for answers.  We ask God for help.  Then we wait.  We sure do hate the waiting!  The difference between us and those snipers, though, is we know something is going to happen.  God promises in John 16:24 that when we ask in His name, we can expect an answer.

Waiting involves an expectation of something special.  Waiting means anticipation, expectation, and confident hope in something that will take place.  We know that God answers our prayers, so sometimes we just have to hurry up and wait.  When you’re waiting, however, don’t be idle.   Be ready. Make plans and get everything in order so that when the time comes, you’re able to spring into action.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. waiting for god wrote:
that's true the hardest thing to do is WAIT but we have to no matter what whether you at a light to change or your food to get ready you still have to wait. But don't just sit there do something. read the WORD. get prepared for what's comin'.

Mon, December 5, 2011 @ 10:37 AM

2. Marie Hurtado wrote:
I loved this Daily Walk in the Word I have been praying for a very long time for work. Making mistakes when filling out applications and learning what to say and what not to say and more turn downs than ever. I was watching C-Span the other night after filling out applications as I continue doing faithfully hoping that one day I will finally get a job. There was a Professor on the program from Georgetown University discussing how many Americans have given up on looking for work because of all the turn downs and negative feed back one receives after putting an effort in looking for employment. That was me I felt I give up sometime but then there is always that voice in my head that say "do not give up keep trying." So I do try I will not give up and I am waiting for the Lord to answer my needs waiting is a waiting game in the end it's worth waiting on the LORD!!!

Mon, December 5, 2011 @ 1:11 PM

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