Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Lord Waits

Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious
unto you...blessed are all they that wait for him.  
Is 30:18

We should not only understand the importance of our
waiting on God but also realize something even more
wonderful--the Lord waits on us. And the very thought
of His waiting on us will give us renewed motivation
and inspiration 'to wait for Him.' It will also provide
inexpressible confidence that our waiting will never be
in vain. Therefore, in the spirit of waiting on God, let
us seek to discover exactly what it means right now.

The Lord has an inconceivably glorious purpose for 
each of His children. 'If this is true, ' you ask, 'why is 
it that He continues to wait longer and longer to offer
His grace and to provide the help I seek, even after I
have come and waited on Him?' He does so because
He is a wise gardener who 'waits for the land to yield
its valuable crop' and is 'patient... for the coming of
the autumn and spring rains.' James 5:7  God knows
He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe, and He knows
precisely when we are spiritually ready to receive bles-
sings for our gain and His glory. And waiting in the
sunshine of His love is what will ripen our soul for
His blessings. Also, waiting under the clouds of trials
is as important, for they will ultimately produce show-
ers of blessings.

Rest assured that if God waits longer than we desire,
it is simply to make the blessings doubly precious.
Remember, He waited four thousand years, 'but when
the time had fully come, God sent his Son.' Gal 4:4.
Our time is in His hands, and he will quickly avenge
those He has chosen, swiftly coming to our support 
without ever delaying even one hour too long.
Andrew Murray

Reader, yesterday I took my advice and listed the things
that have caused me pain and found that in each case God
was working His perfect will and brought blessings of
greater intimacy. Yes, 'the Lord waits,' but it is meant for
our good!

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