"Drew, wait…" (Part 4)

This is the fourth and final post in the series “Drew, wait…” You can find all of the posts in this series here.

The discipline of waiting is strengthened by the simple fact that as we wait we know that our Father actually does care. Psalm 40:1 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.” There are few disciplines that feel as lonely as waiting. It seems like no one understands, it seems like no one cares, it seems like no one is able to redeem us from the circumstances that are causing us to wait. Waiting can cause us to feel abandoned, left in the dark, and alone. As we claw at the walls of our captivity and wonder if anyone really does care, David reminds us in Psalm 40:1 that the Lord inclines His ear to those who wait. In the midst of the loneliness and despair that can accompany waiting, we know that there is One who hears and there is one who cares.

Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Even in the darkness, Jesus sympathizes with us because He to experienced the very same darkness. Charles Spurgeon wrote a lot about suffering. In his book “Morning and Evening” he wrote this about how Jesus relates to our darkness.

Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our wants and sympathize with us. “He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” In all our sorrows we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty—he knows them all, for he has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find his footprints there. In all places whithersoever we go, he has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.

Waiting is still hard, but the darkness is made much brighter when we come to understand that our precious Lord Jesus has gone before us in our waiting and when we have lost all of our strength He will carry us the rest of the way.

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November 21 2008 10:55 pm | Waiting

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