Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – (Psalm 27:14, NIV)
Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the help. – (Psalm 27:14, ERV)
Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting – for He will never disappoint you! – (Psalm 27:14, TPT)
Waiting is a challenge that I am accustomed to, yet seem to ever have room to grow. Because I am an early riser, I tend to be on the early side to everything. I give myself extra time to arrive places so that I will not be late, typically arriving quite early, waiting in the car or driving around in the area, so as to not be too early. When it comes to waiting on the Lord for help, hope, answers, or the fulfillment of a promise, it is a matter of finding the courage and resolve to remember life is operating on His timeline, and not my own. Sometimes, this leads to some serious struggle prior to finding the peace that has been present all along. Often, it is in the waiting that God moves mountains within us, so that we can actually see and navigate all that He is doing before us. God is good and faithful, and He has good in store for His children. May we find strength and courage to wait on the Lord; for His help is always worth the wait.
Choose wait on the Lord,
For His love is great;
His help and His hope,
Always worth the wait.
Be strong, take courage,
In God we shall find;
Hope that’s eternal,
With our best in mind.
God is always good,
Even when life’s not;
He answers our cries,
Draws near when He’s sought.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we wait on You, You are faithful to draw near and move on our behalf. Thank You that You grant us courage and strength as we wait when we trust in You. Forgive us for our impatience and expectations that are based on our own limited understanding. Teach us to trust You more, for Your timing is perfect and You are moving, even when we cannot see. Show us how to love those around us in their spaces of waiting so that they might be encouraged, strengthened and built up. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we wait on You for the answers that we seek. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. – Psalm 33:20