This week I feel that the Lord is wanting to me share my thoughts on why we should be prepared and in some cases persistent when Waiting on God. Even when we may start to feel that we’ve been waiting ‘long enough’.
There are numerous stories in the Bible where people were required to wait on the Lord. Throughout which they will have learnt many things about themselves, and through their patience God’s providence in their lives was clearly witnessed around them.
For me once I’ve made my mind up I just want to get on with it, but when I’m seeking the Lord and having to wait on him to respond I can find it frustrating especially when I think he’s not responding to my prayers or in my opinion life is spinning out of control.
In Isaiah 40:31 “but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” [NRSV]
In this verse Isaiah is reminding his readers the importance not only to wait on the Lord but to trust in Him and that he will never forsake us. And when we do wait on Him, we will not only be physically rejuvenated but in our Spirit we will be rested, at peace and aware of His plans / wishes for our lives.
Luke tells us in Chapter 2 that Simeon had been told by God that he would not die until he saw the Saviour of the world, we are not told how long Simeon had to wait for this moment but my understanding of these verses is that it had been a number of years. There may have been days when Simeon questioned himself if he’d God correctly, he was rewarded for faith in Christ. In verse 33 we see how God used Simeon to encourage Mary and Joseph when he prophesied over baby Jesus.
And to finish Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my Salvation; my God will hear me.” [NRSV] Here we see Micah proclaiming his faith in God and that God hears his prayers.
So for those of us who have been praying and waiting on the Lord for a period of time persist and be patient, do not lose faith in Him, or let the devil put doubts in your mind that God doesn’t have time for your prayers. Because that’s a lie, the Lord will never forsake us.