Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wait for the Lord

I decided my schedule for the day. A long “to-do” list stared at me while I yearned for its completion. Attempting to begin checking off my errand list, I spoke my intentions out loud to my husband. “Hey, I running to the store. Is there anything you need?” I said. 

“Yes, I’ve got several things I must get before I go out-of-town tomorrow. Mind if I go along?” he asked. My list suddenly expanded to our list and frustration emerged. I hesitantly answered, “No.”

“Good, give me about 15 minutes and I’ll be ready to go,” he said, running up the stairs. What, I’m ready to go now; I don’t have time to wait, I sighed silently. I sat down at the table, anxiously assessing all I had to do. Now I’ll never get it all done and he’ll probably want to grab a bite to eat, which will take even longer, I thought. 

Ready in ten, my husband grabbed his keys, and we were out the door. “Where are we going first?” he asked. Comparing our lists, we planned our day to include a stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Even though I assumed his list would slow me down, we actually enjoyed ourselves and accomplished everything on our list and more. The fifteen minute wait exceeded my expectations. 

Has God ever told you to wait? You’ve prayed and prayed for a definite outcome to your particular circumstance and it seems He gives no answer. Or He literally says, “It’s not time yet.” We see life’s conditions as needing immediate answers, so we devise plans to achieve an end. Without first speaking with God, we barge into situations with our solutions, sometimes making things worse. Or we anxiously worry, dread, and fear the outcome causing needless frustration and angst. We forget that life is easier with assistance rather than going it alone. 

Many times I’ve barreled through life with my prayer “to-do” list, barely showing it to God while still carrying the weight of its burdens. Instead of fighting the good fight of faith, I’ve wrestled with God’s wait time, inserting my own answers. Imagine the result! Why do I think I can go it alone? Why do I doubt the competence of the Creator of the Universe? Why don’t I trust the Savior of the world?

Maybe you’re waiting to fulfill a God-given task. Maybe you’re waiting on a prodigal child to return to her senses. Maybe you’re waiting on someone to be cured of cancer. Whatever the situation, the help you’re waiting for comes from the Lord, the Lord of the universe, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. He is sufficient for all needs, wants, “to-do” lists, and wait times. 

Look to Him instead of worrying about your situation and its outcome. While you’re in the “waiting room,” give Him thanks for what He’s done. Fight your own self will with faith. Believe in God’s capability and stand on His Word. He’s the Victor and He is Faithful. He’s already accomplished His plan of salvation through His death and resurrection. Wait for His perfect plan for your future. In the meantime, dwell on His words of Truth. 

“If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.  Job 14:14 (NASB)

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:5 (NASB)
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  Psalm 33:20 (NASB)
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.  Psalm 39:7 (NASB)
 I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.  Psalm 40:1 (NASB)
 My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation.  Psalm 62:1 (NASB)
They all wait for You to give them their food in due season.  Psalm 104:27 (NASB)
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.  Psalm 119:147 (NASB) 
My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.  Psalm 130:6 (NASB)
“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.  Proverbs 8:34 (NASB)
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.  Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.  Lamentations 3:25 (NASB)
Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.  Hosea 12:6
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.  Habakkuk 2:3 (NASB)
Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me.  Acts 1:4 (NASB)
For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  Galatians 5:5 (NASB)
And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  Hebrews 6:15 (NASB)
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.  Jude 1:21 (NASB)

Wait for the Lord; Be strong, (insert your name), and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.  Psalm 27:14 (NASB)
So be patient and wait on God; He will exceed all your expectations. He’s definitely worth the wait!

1 comment:

  1. Good advice for our impatient days. I am checking out all items listed by CAG members at last week's meeting. Keep up the good work.