"Drew, wait…" (Part 2)

This is the second post in the series “Drew, wait…” You can find the first post here.

I just put Micah to bed after an especially long day of ministry that ran the gamut from making Sunday morning announcements, to teaching Sunday School on the person and character of Jesus Christ, to reading Scripture to the terminally ill and planning services with his family. I’m tired to say the least, but I have a fresh brewed cup of coffee straight from my new French Press (more on that later) and a few more thoughts on what it means to wait on the Lord.

One of the most important passages on the discipline of waiting is Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! ” What has struck me about this passage is very simple, but for some reason escaped me until just recently. If we are commanded to wait, it’s obvious that we are waiting on someone and more specifically we are waiting for that someone to do something. While this may seem obvious, I believe that it is actually quite profound, because the reason I’m waiting is that I can’t do anything. I wish with all of my heart that I could just fix Micah’s speech and relieve the frustration in his little heart, but the simple truth is I can’t. Instead I must wait for someone to act and that someone is my Father.

As I’ve meditated on what it means to wait it seems that the sovereignty of God plays a large role in giving hope to those who have to wait. Here are a couple of ways that I see this working out in my heart.

1) I can wait because I know that I’m waiting on my Father.
2) I can wait because I know that my Father loves my son far more than I do and that he is more than able to care for all of Micah’s needs.
3) I can wait because I know that God’s timing is perfect and that He always accomplishes His desires, even if I can’t see how through my tears.
4) I can wait because my Father often waits for me and in spite of my faithlessness He remains faithful.
5) I can wait because I know that my Father is good and that in His goodness, He will care for my son far better than I ever could.
Waiting is never easy, because we want to fix things so badly. We want the security of knowing that everything is going to be ok. We want freedom from the fears and concerns that result from living in this broken world. We want the security that comes from having the right job, the best car, the perfect family, the pristine health, the flawless church, the high performance marriage, and a thousand other things that we think will give us peace (shalom). In the midst of all of our striving to find peace God graciously interrupts our attempts to usurp his sovereignty and says “wait”.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
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November 17 2008 05:15 am | Waiting

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