Wait for the Lord

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭(NIV)

Have you noticed that there are at least two occasions in life when it is very difficult to wait?

One is when things are going well.  This is when life has been exceptionally good to us and everything seems perfect.  In this situation it is easy for adrenaline and excitement to take over and we rush headlong into the future.

The second is when things aren’t going well.  This is when our circumstances (e.g. health, career, relationships) are such that the pressure on us is great.  What we want is that the problem is solved quickly, so that everything can return to normal.

In both situations patience is called for.

Notice the Psalmist’s words quoted above – ‘… be strong and take heart …’   When things are going well it is easy to do this, because you will generally be strong and you will be encouraged by the circumstances in which you find yourself.  It can be entirely different when things are not going well.  This is often when we display a lack of patience, or even when we find praying difficult.  Yet the Psalmist’s words apply equally in good and bad circumstances.  We know this because in Psalm 27 the writer says things like :

  • ‘when the wicked advance against me …’
  • ‘though an army beseige me …’
  • ‘though war break out against me …’
  • ‘though my father and mother forsake me …’

The danger of not waiting when things are going well is that we might miss God’s leading.  When things aren’t going well the danger is that we wallow in self-pity.  Take encourgement from the Psalmist’s words:

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Every blessing


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