By Ally B
I went to my friend’s wedding not too long ago and her maid of honor gave a toast at the reception that really stuck with me. She said that my friend Bree was a perfect example of what it looked like to live out Psalm 27:14
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
I sat there in that moment and thought through am I truly living out this scripture? Do I wait for the Lord?
To be honest, I could use some work when it comes to waiting. I hate waiting in line, waiting for someone to call me back, waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting in traffic...waiting is just not fun. It seems like it is much easier to just take action and will our way through life than to be patient and wait. As I’ve dated I have often called Bree to chat about frustrations when things don’t work out with a guy or work out the way I would like them to. She always ask me this, do you trust God? Do you believe God has best for you?
My answer is, YES. Then I need to be strong in the Lord and take heart knowing that he is faithful and his timing is different than mine. I need to wait for the Lord.
I have found that true strength is found in waiting for the Lord. Our society would tell us otherwise because we have gone into instant gratification mode. The mode of do what you want now and deal with the consequences later. We settle for decent or good because it is right in front of us, rather than hold out for best. The lack of patience though is often the cause of many of the worst sins and regrets in life.
“We think it is being strong to take action and move ahead, but often that is the weakness of the flesh. It takes more courage and strength to just hold back from action and let God work according to his time table rather than ours. Waiting can be the hardest thing we can do, and we have to be strong in faith to do it.”
Our Bible is filled with scripture about waiting for the Lord (See: Psalm, Proverbs, Isaiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Micah, Zephaniah, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, Titus, Jude, Revelations), and examples of people who did wait for the Lord (See: Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Job, Prodigal Son’s father, Paul, etc)
God himself is an example of waiting. He has not come back for judgment yet because he is patiently waiting for all to repent and come back to him so that we will not perish. Praise God for his patience with us and that the final judgment has not come.
We all have things that we would like to happen now. Maybe it is a relationship, a new job, a pregnancy, someone to forgive us, but whatever you may be waiting for be STRONG in the LORD, take heart, and know that God’s got you and is up to something even greater than you can imagine.
Bree waited patiently for the Lord and he answered and brought her a great godly husband. I can tell you though that even if that hadn’t happened yet she would still be waiting patiently with full trust that God is good and knows best. I praise God for the example that she has been to me of a godly woman and pray that I too would wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.
Do you wait for the Lord or do things your way?
Do you trust God and believe that he has best for you?