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Worth the Wait

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on July 30, 2022

Headed for a “burn-out?” Need some spiritual energy in that born-again life that God created in you? If you do, then WAIT for it, on God that is, to get strong again, for it’s worth the wait! So, then a wait it is, but not just any wait, and certainly not a wait of inactivity, but to the contrary. Make it a wait with a heart stirred up in the things of God, and most certainly a soul thrilled with the presence of God himself at work IN YOU and FOR YOU. When you wait on the Lord, your walk with the Lord involves the spiritual power that the Lord is wanting to instill in you. Here’s the Bible verse that tells us so: “Wait on the LORD, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.” The Psalmist David doesn’t stop there, he repeats that admonition in the very same verse, just to make sure we “get it” - “wait I say on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). “Wait on the LORD” is a Biblical command that is predominant in the inspired Word of God, and there is a most important reason why; the word itself explains it well. When you “bind your heart together with” (James Augustus Strong) the heart of God, his heart becomes one with yours, and his strength becomes your supply. By your “tarrying” (Strong) with your heart at one with him, your walk is a “step up” because you are now “in step” with him.

So, step in that WAIT LIFE with him, and that “wait” IN him and FOR him is exactly what the Lord will use to bring his purpose accomplished in you (a life fulfilled, bringing you exactly that, fulfillment). Here’s the challenge, and it is found in the etymology of the Hebrew word itself: To wait means to remain in a place (Strong), abiding in him, in his word, his will, and in his way. Let’s make that meaning of the word wait practical, shall we. So, ask God to show himself in his Word for you to surrender to his will, in order to go his way. Want that? If you do, then, “the Lord will perfect that which concerneth me” (Psalm 138:8). You can’t improve upon perfection, especially HIS! Since the Lord made you, knows everything about you, then he knows his perfect, designed way for you, meaning he will “perfect” that which brings your life to completion, with his “purposeful performance” (Strong). It’s all “according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11). So, what will it be “his own will - perfect” or “our own will - hope it turns out ok?” The Psalmist made the choice: “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word to I hope” (a confident expectancy, not a “hope so” - Psalm 130:5). And when that decision was made, the Psalmist knew that which God had in store for him was worth the wait, seen in his anticipation expressed in the very next verse: “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning” (v. 6). He is worth the wait because as sure as the morning sun will shine again, you can expect the Lord to shine on you again with all his glorious presence, defined in his Word, his will and his way. Here’s the prayer for you to step up and step in to the WAIT: “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine” (Psalm 80:7).