Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wait for the Lord


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Wait for the Lord.    Psalm 27:14

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Waiting has four purposes. It practices the patience of faith. It gives time for preparation for the coming gift. It makes the blessing the sweeter when it arrives. It shows the sovereignty of God — to give just when and as He pleases." Dr. James Vaughan, Streams in the Desert, V.2, January 4.

There is also a condition attached to our waiting: "Don't be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing." (Psalm 37:34 RSV). We are to attend to the little duties as well as to the large ones. Wait and work; pray for grace and then exercise it.

It is interesting that God also waits: "Then he waited for the harvest" Isaiah 5:2 RSV. He waits for us to regard His nature which proves His intelligence and beauty and goodness; He waits for us to consider history threaded through and held together with His justice and mercy, and whose mission it is to turn sin into righteousness; He waits for us to realize that the alternates of adversity and prosperity, friendship and enmity, sorrow and joy, are but the implements of His spiritual instruction that we may finally dwell in the mansions He has prepared for us.

Much time is wasted waiting for signs and wonders. Christ told the expectant crowd, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign" (Luke 11:29). In our day of the Gospel, which is filled with the plainest evidence, we do not need to use a flashlight to shine it on the Son who is the Light of the world and we don't need to dump our buckets of contaminated water into the Living Water. To ask a sign from God when He has already pledged numerous promises is sinful and insulting.
Pat Nordman

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