Waiting on the Lord
I believe that this concept of “Waiting on the Lord” is one of the most fundamental practices to the Christian faith, and sadly is almost lost. In Psalms 25, David, who was known as a man after God’s own heart, puts it this way: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; . . . . Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” When is the last time you waited for God all day? Jesus uses this same model. If Jesus needed to take time to wait and hear the will of the Father, then how much more should we? There are lots of “good things” that we can busy ourselves with, but what does the Bible say about the “good things” we do of our own accord? Isaiah 64:6 “All our righteous deeds are like filthy rags”. What if the good things that you are doing are your things and not God’s? How can we know what things to do? Wait upon the Lord.
Conversations with our youth group students recently birthed the idea to have a youth center in town. We checked into a storefront that had been empty and for rent for some time and found it was available. We met there and prayed and asked God what He wanted us to do. We were silent and listened. After that I began to write down their Holy Spirit inspired ideas! They said, God said Do It!
I challenge you to wait on the Lord until you truly encounter Him. I think one of the biggest fears that stops us from really practicing this is: what if I wait and He doesn’t show up? My brothers and sisters, let’s not live in fear! Let’s pursue God the way He tells us and believe that He will keep His promise and bless us with His presence and direction. David says he waits all day, Jesus went to wait on the Lord for 40 days in the wilderness. How long will you wait to hear from God?
More verses for study: Psalms: 25:5, 27:14, 33:20-22, 37:7-9, 37:34, 40:1, 62:1, 62:5, 130:5-6; Isaiah: 8:17, 30:18, 40:31, 64:4; James 5:7-8; Lamentations 3:25; Micah 7:7
Justin OsbornPosted on December 22, 2015 in Congregational Stories Ministry Weekly Word