“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14
“Wait for the Lord” – okay, I know and understand the concept of waiting on God. “Be strong” – I am to allow His strength to be mine so that I do not waiver as I wait. “Take heart” – this one threw me a little bit. Based on the various appearances of the phrase throughout the Bible, it seems to say – trust Him with my whole heart. Therefore, I am to wait on the Lord in His strength, not mine, and trust Him completely as I continue to wait.
People in general, are not patient. As technology continues to grow exponentially, our access to information and everything else imaginable is nearly instantaneous. In the world of waiting, we just don’t do much of it. However, once our heart is His, it seems our training in patience and trust begin almost immediately. No longer are we in a position to pursue what pleases us, rather we are to ask, to trust, and to wait on His timing. He is gentle and kind, and often blesses us with quick solutions to that which we place before Him, or have heard from Him in our heart. Perhaps this happens to encourage and grow our trust in His faithfulness. After we have seen countless requests and promises faithfully fulfilled by Christ in the small things, we are somehow better prepared to trust for the big things.
In my own life, I have seen Him answer that which I have asked, in amazing ways. However, there have been times when the span between the promise and the fulfillment have felt unbearably long. It has been and continues to be, in those times that He teaches me to trust, one day at a time. My eyes must remain securely fixed on His face, or my faith will begin to falter. When I turn my whole heart to Him, and allow His strength to equip me to trust, I find the faith that is required to continue to rely on my Redeemer.
This path before us, paved with obstacles to overcome, has purpose as it propels us to pursue Him with our whole heart.
Lord Jesus, thank You that You provide strength and teach us to trust with our whole heart as we wait on You. Thank You that Your timing is perfect, despite our impatience. Strengthen each of us as we continue to trust You with our whole heart as we learn to yield to our own will, and completely trust You and Your timing. Direct our steps Father, that we may find footing directly in Your good and perfect will for our lives. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present