“Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
G. Campbell Morgan wrote:
“Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.”
He wrote very wise words, and yet we struggle with this very thing. We want to “jump the gun” and get quick results. We like the easy way out, not necessarily God’s way out. Are we willing to give Him the opportunity to show us the way forward? Israel did not wait for God’s choice of a king, King David, but demanded a king “like all the other nations” (1 Samuel 8:20). But it brought them grief and great remorse.
As G. Campbell Morgan says above, waiting is not idleness, it’s a time of seeking God’s face and obeying His commands presently. Any shortcut that violates God’s Word is not of God. No matter how much we might rationalize of justify our actions, if they go contrary to God’s Word, He will not bless them.
But we can do many things while we wait:
1. Meditate on Psalm 37, the entire Psalm, and ask God to give you peace and freedom from worry. When we worry and fret, we usually make bad decisions.
2. Pray about your concerns each day, and give thanks for the strength God provides.
3. Do not do anything contrary to God’s Word in order to get out of tough situations. You may have temporary relief, but you’re asking for more trouble down the road.
4. Encourage someone today. Others are hurting too, and you just might have a special word of encouragement for them.
5. Wait for as long as you have to, but stay busy obeying His commands today.
Waiting on God may tempt us to impatience. But such times can be sweet seasons of growth and spiritual renewal. You will be glad you waited; wait for God.
Posted on Mon, April 16, 2012
by Sam Petitfils