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“Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord is a common phrase spoken in Christian circles. It’s the phrase used to comfort someone when we have no answer. Or when we’re desperately trying to explain the reason for unanswered prayers. But waiting on God isn’t a feeling, it’s a state of active stillness.
But I find myself wrestling to maintain that active stillness when I don’t see God come through for me the way I think he should. The litany of trust, expect, disappoint, and trust some more races through my mind. I begin to think that I don’t know as much about waiting on the Lord as I think I do.
Andrew Murray lays out one secret to successful waiting on God in this quote.“You are not going to wait on yourself to see what you feel and what changes come to you, you are going to wait on God to know first, what he is, and after, what he will do.”
Too often, we give up waiting on the Lord because we don’t feel any different and we don’t see any changes. So we go back to striving or fixing or controlling. But it’s at that moment, when we’re tempted to give up the quest to wait on the Lord, that we begin to recognize who he is. And once we know who he is, we discover what he will do.
Who is God? His attributes are many, but one is that He is full of a love that overwhelms and captures us. Sometimes his love is as gentle as soft rain, and at other times is like a rushing river. We get to know his love in the quiet, expectant waiting where our hearts grow strong with courage.
Courage isn’t found in formulating a plan of attack. It’s found in coming to him, waiting on him and receiving the courage he gives to the waiting heart.
Courage shows up when we come to him bruised and bleeding, and wait in his presence because he is God and full of love. When we grow more aware of the love he has for us, we realize that waiting on him becomes a gift of trust in his heart for us. It’s in the waiting on God that we gain the strength to get back up again for one more round in the ring of life.
Lord Jesus, we come to you battle-worn, filled with doubt, and in need of rest. We wait on you because of who you say you are. You are love and light and our very sustenance. May you strengthen our hearts as we still our souls before you. Grant us your courage and give us eyes to see how you love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.