Selah: Wait on the Lord

Sam Caldwell, Christ-loved

Here are some encouragements to wait on the Lord.

In our world of hustle and bustle, news and blues, covid and conflict, racism and human race schism, waiting on the Lord is a counter-cultural thing to do.

What’s more, waiting on the Lord will rub against our flesh. We tend to want answers instantly, but God gives answers in His time.

God gives us every indication in His word that He wants us to follow His will with an urgent, expectant sense of waiting. Does that sound contradictory – urgent waiting? To be clear: waiting on the Lord does not mean that we should just chill out with some potato chips, do nothing, and expect God to work in spite of our laziness. Instead, it means that we should energize our spiritual electric with pause, with patience, with calm, with trust, and with every hope that God will honor our slowness with His own open, bold, quick, and quickening answers.

The following reflections should help bind us to the mighty Mover who expects us to wait for Him.

God himself waits for us:

Is 30:18 ‘Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.’

We are commanded, with repetition for emphasis, to wait on God:

Ps 27:14 ‘Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.’

Jeremiah had to wait as long as ten days. Do we have that sort of patience?

‘Now at the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah’ (Jer 42:7)

Paul prayed three times against his thorn in the flesh. Have we ever prayed that much?

2 Cor 12:8 ‘Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.’

David’s patient waiting got God to listen. Have you waited patiently?

Ps 40:1 ‘For the choir director. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.’

Follow David’s example in waiting all day long. Or do you just wait in prayer? Do you just wait in your quiet times?  

Ps 25:5 ‘Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.’

Waiting includes resting in God and being free from the anxiety caused by comparing our state with that of others:

Ps 37:7 ‘Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.’

So: do not fret. Say amen. Say selah. Agree with God. Work in His time. You were bought with a price. You are not your own. And therefore your time is not your own.

Jesus is beautiful. He comes suddenly to His temple.

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