Waiting is probably one of the most difficult task for us to do. We are most vulnerable at these times and have no control over the situation. Because of this, we hate being in that position.
Recently, my son became pastor of a wonderful church. To celebrate the event, I was able to get a last minute flight out of Philadelphia so that I could be there for that very special day. My flight was at 5:30 AM. Everything went smoothly until things began to unravel at the Detroit airport. My flight was first delayed by 30 minutes. Then moments later it was pushed back to 45 minutes. Before I could process the whole thing and calculate my new arrival time, it was delayed again. What a mess. I struggled inside until I finally recognized that there was nothing I could do to solve my problem.
Did you ever think about the fact that we begin waiting on the Lord immediately after we stop trying to be a part of the solution to our problem. Once I reached that point, the anxiety went away along with the disappointment of missing the morning service. It seemed as if I began to “enjoy the ride” and whatever it had to offer. God was in the midst of my problem and in complete control. Why he wanted me to miss part of the event, I’ll never know, but what I do know is that he was there working on my behalf.
Had I not yielded control to God and rested in him, I would have continued to stress. The stress would have manifested itself with aggressive words or actions and then the Holy Spirit would have convicted me about them. Disappointment would have gone through the roof and resulted in griping and complaining. Instead of having a blessed day, it would have been one of the most miserable.
The difference between the two days would have been one thing: waiting on the Lord.
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. (Psalms 33:20)
The enemy of hope is pride. It is a proud heart that raises itself up in trying to deal with matters too lofty for itself. It is a proud heart that refuses to adjust its behavior to what The Lord wants. As a dependent child submits himself to his nurturing mother, a prideful heart will not stand in awe before God and submit itself to him and his plan. A prideful heart cannot and will not wait on The Lord.
Trouble waiting on the Lord reveals a prideful heart that wants to take over. As anxiety builds, so is pride. A person resists submitting to God because they have already submitted to their own pride.
Pride still comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18). Pride is not confined to the act of looking down at others. It is the attitude that people have after their hearts have been deceived into thinking that they can handle matters greater than their ability. Whether it be sin, raising children, managing finances, work, or any other area of life makes no difference. Pride moves man into the driver’s seat of his life and as long as he remains there, he will not experience hope.
Man does not need to do anything to get hope. He simply needs to remove himself and his prideful heart from the plan. When he does, The Lord takes over and with him comes hope.
Make sure that you wait and wait. Yes, wait and wait! For the Christian there are two aspects of waiting in his life. Regardless of how difficult life may become, The Lord wants you to wait and wait.
I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. (Psalm 130:5)
One aspect of waiting is found in the word hope. Hope is not something that a person desires or hopes will possibly one day happen. Hope is the expectancy of what we know will happen and is yet to come. We have the hope of casting off our mortality and putting on immortality. We have the hope of the Lord’s return, heaven, seeing The Lord, ruling and reigning with him, the wiping away of all tears and countless other promises in Scripture. These things will take place as promised, but until then, we need to patiently endure. When we patiently endure, we are hoping.
Another aspect of waiting is found in the term “wait”. To wait comes from the word that means “to bind together” or “to collect”. By waiting, a believer holds himself back from anxiously trying to solve the problems in life and allows The Lord to handle them. Philippians states it as, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” In today’s terms we could say to those trying to deliver themselves from the struggles of life, “Get a hold of yourself!” A famous addictions recovery program has captured the phrase, “Let go and let God.” What these phrases have in common is that an individual needs to stop trying and wait on God.
Ask yourself, “am I holding myself back from trying to deliver myself? Am I anxiously trying to bring about answers to my own prayers? Am I accomplishing God’s will in my own power or by my own efforts? If so, you need to WAIT for what God has determined to be your hope and WAIT on God by getting ahold of yourself and stop seeking deliverance by your flesh.