Oh, my soul waits … patiently … expectantly … in silence … for God alone, for He shall strengthen my heart. (Psalm 62: 5 & 27:14).
Over the many years of my existence, I have heard more times that I care to count, that it is best to wait on the Lord. Truth be told, I spent so many years avoiding Him that when I finally crossed over to His side, I only wanted what He wanted me to have. So, wait is what I often did. But waiting is not the easiest thing to do.
Nevertheless, we should wait and not get ahead of ourselves, or more precisely, not get ahead of God and do what seems right in our own eyes. For most assuredly, what we think is altogether right is very often not right at all, or it may not be the right time, or it may not be the right mix of persons that are involved.
No, we do not have it all together. We always lack the wider perspective. The lens through which we view life are myopic, and often blurred. But even if we had telescopic vision, it would still be deficient of the omniscience that God’s vision brings. Wait.
As we wait, these four elements are necessary for it to be successful. Yes, we can wait unsuccessfully, if we are not patient, expectant, silent, or indeed waiting on God Himself.
Let me explain. Impatience leads us to either fly off the handle, shoot off at the mouth, or any number of other clichés that get us into trouble. It usually causes us to get involved in things that do not concern us, because we feel we have to be doing something. We feel that God is not doing anything so that’s our cue to take over the reins. And that’s where trouble begins, because the reins have no business being in our hands.
Expectancy is next among the virtues that God’s people should have. We should always be in the mode of expectation; otherwise, we are very likely to miss God’s timing. God’s blessings, miracles, and His answers to prayers come in many different forms and at various times, and so if we are not looking out, or looking up, they may pass us by. And, if we are expecting nothing, then that’s what we will get … nothing!
Silence. Sweet silence. There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord. So often God’s presence is felt when we are quiet. In the stillness of the moment, God speaks. If we are silent, we can hear Him. When we are waiting on God, it’s not the time to get into quarrels, to gossip, or engage in idle chatter. Be still, and know that [He is] God (Psalm 46:10). That’s the frame of mind that we should be in.
And now we come to the final point. Wait only on God! Why would we want to wait on anyone else? Who else can give us the desires of our heart? Who else has plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future? Whose face do we want to see when we move into eternity?
So, for me, I am waiting patiently, expectantly, and silently on God alone. But as I wait, I write! That’s the gift He gave me. I would have loved to be able to sing, or even to speak, but He blessed my hands, my heart, and my soul to write. As I write, I look to Him, I lean on Him, and I learn from Him. He strengthens my heart. I am, writing while waiting.