Be of good courage,
And he shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say on the Lord
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
Waiting on the Lord can be very frustrating. For many within the Body of Christ truly have no clue what it entails. For one, waiting on the Lord implies that you as an individual should learn to depend upon someone else who has more power and is in control of life. Sadly, this doesn’t sit well with many of us in this individualistic, do-it-yourself, no holds bars culture. We also do not like the fact that when waiting for the Lord, you do not know how long he will take to work on your behalf. You have to simply “trust” him. But in waiting on the Lord, he will usually provide you with instructions via your predecessors, men and women of God, or through his Holy and revealed Word.
This theme of waiting on the Lord (which implies serving the Lord and waiting on him to provide instruction) encompasses nearly every book in the bible. Almost every major character within the bible has been tested with this very test. Adam and Eve chose to listen to the evil one instead of waiting on God’s time table to provide wisdom and knowledge. As a result, they received what they desired but with a price. That price included sin (lawlessness), death and destruction – spiritual separation from their one and only father. Sadly, this decision affected their immediate and as well as extended family. But thanks be to God, Jesus Christ (one and only begotten son of God) made a way for us to be reconciled back to him and restore our relationship so that we don’t have to be eternally separated from our Father.
Even Cain was tempted with the test of waiting (serving) the Lord. Remember, he was jealous of his brother Abel because Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to the Lord. What was the Lord’s response to Cain? “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV) This statement implies that Cain knew how to serve “wait” on the Lord but chose to do his own work. As a result, sin desired to have him and overtook the young man. Even righteous Noah was tested in waiting on the Lord. For the Lord gave him a specific blue print of creating an ark and literally waiting 100 years on the Lord’s timetable for preparation and judgement (Genesis 6-7 (NKJV)). As a result of his obedience, he and his family were able to inherit the earth.
Absalom was another character who was tested with the task of waiting on the Lord. Bible students will remember that he was the third son of King David (2 Samuel 3:2 (NKJV)). The section of his life that I want to focus on are his adult years. If you will recall, he had a sister named Tamar. Absalom’s older and half-brother Amnon lusted after his half-sister Tamar so much that his lust resulted in raping this beautiful daughter of David (2 Samuel 13:1-5 (NKJV)). Sadly, Amnon did not receive any kind of rebuke or punishment for committing such a horrific act. What’s more, two years passed. As a result, Absalom took matters in his own hands and had two of his servants murder Amnon. This action resulted in a negative spiral which led to Absalom plotting against his father, division of the kingdom, suicide of a trusted official, internal war, and ultimately Absalom’s own demise.
Even though there are horrific atrocities committed by demented human beings and circumstances in life that test our faith and receive, we must learn to wait on the Lord. We must learn to inquire of him what should be my next move, what do you desire for me to do in response to whatever it is. For only God can unscramble scrambled eggs. Even when vengeance is involved wait on the Lord. When tragedy occurs, wait on the Lord. For he will renew your strength and when you are in despair call on him and he will instruct you on what your best and next course of action should be.
Well, until we meet again. I pray that Yahweh bless you, and keep you.
Yahweh make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. Yahweh lift up his face toward you,
and give you peace’ (Numbers 6:24-26 WEB).