The Bible says, “God the one and only— I’ll wait as long as He says. Everything I hope for comes from Him so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life.” Read Psalm 62:5-6 (MSG). Here we see the Psalmist’s thoughts penned for our reading saying, “He would wait as long as He needs to wait because in Christ, he is set for life. This is an awesome truth. Allow me some latitude to express my gratitude, dear Lord, I am eternally grateful and I appreciate your extravagant mercy and overwhelming victory in the Name of Jesus, Amen. In the course of preparing for part 2, the obvious question came up in my mind, how long does one have to wait? Well, Psalm 62:5-6 gives us the answer saying, “I’ll wait for as long as He says.” In other words, you and I can’t determine the process of waiting, why? Because the Lord knows best and He alone determines when the timing is right.
Studying and meditating on the key text, I share this thought, ‘Patience is not in the length of time you wait, but in the character and attitude you express and exhibit whilst waiting.’ What is your attitude like when you are patiently waiting? I believe our attitude during periods of waiting is critically important because it helps position us for proper nourishment; from where we receive strength and grace till such a time when we see the manifestation of what we have been patiently waiting for. Watch this, “The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, to those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word].” Read “Lamentations 3:25 (AMP). Here we can see patiently waiting and confidence hinges on the authority of God’s word, so I am asking you the question, what are you patiently waiting on? Is what you are waiting on anchored on God’s promises or something else? These are questions we should endeavour to really answer, because if one is waiting on something else other than God’s word, then…Selah. If what you are waiting on is not anchored on the word of God, then when the storms arise, expect for a drifting away.
Patiently waiting is for our benefit, it is not for God’s benefit. If we refuse to patiently wait on the Lord, then it can become a long wait, and can possibly lead to serious setbacks. The Psalmist writes, “I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Read Psalm 40:1 (AMP). Patiently waiting changes and humbles you, as you will have no other option but to fall flat on your face and be a bare footed priest, inquiring in His temple. Think with me for a moment, the word AND connects sentences, therefore as it relates to this verse, God inclining His ear to you and I would be based on our ability to patiently wait and be confidently expectant concerning His promises.
As humans our natural inclination is to be constantly active, and not giving time to be quiet, everything has to be on the fast lane, and we somehow see quietness and waiting as a negative or a drawback. Check out what the Bible says, “For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel says only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be saved in quietness and confidence is your strength but you’ll have none of this.” Read Isaiah 30:15 (TLB). I believe the Lord is trying to tell us insight and strength comes from patiently waiting on Him. Patiently waiting can save your life; you only need to take a look at David and others in the Bible who were spared disastrous outcomes. One of the reasons I think we don’t seem to care to wait is because our intelligent minds will have us to think, we got it all figured out; and that is farther from the truth.
If the Bible counsels about Patience and Confidence, then the opposite would be Impatience and Timidity, and when we talk about Patience, we must also talk about hope. Look out for part 3 as we dig deeper.
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