Waiting on The Lord
It is quite remarkable the number of times the book of Psalms tells us to “wait on” or “wait for the Lord” (Psalm 25:5, 21 and some twenty or so other references). Then there are those passages in the Psalms which suggest the same idea using different words; for example, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.” (Psalm 86:3)
Behind these statements lies the idea of waiting in prayer and the words of Jesus, that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)
Many of us are impatient by nature. Long lines at the store or those irritating folk who check their email at stop lights only to have us sit through another cycle of the “green, amber, red” bring out the worst in us. So why does God make us wait? It is a fair enough question, I think, and maybe we can hint at some possible answers.
First, waiting makes us consider the value of what we are asking for. I have certainly returned an item to the shelf unwilling to be bothered waiting in line for something that I can perhaps do without. But if it’s ice cream I really need, then waiting for it adds to the value of the ice cream, and we enjoy it all the more when we finally arrive home (and by now it’s at that perfect temperature for eating).
Second, the Lord knows when something is best for us and the effect of it on others. There are circumstances that require the Lord to delay—for our good and for others—that we may know nothing about. He wishes to bless you at a certain point in time so that you will be in a position to bless someone else who has a particular need at that same moment.
Third, waiting on the Lord keeps us talking to him. And that is how it should be. Perhaps without the need, we would flitter our days without speaking to the Lord. And talking with our heavenly Father is the greatest privilege we have.
Waiting will strengthen our prayer muscles and make us fitter.
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas