Why are We Told to Wait for God?
Have you actually taken the time to notice how many fast-paced things are in our society now? You can stroll through any grocery store or convenient store and see all the ‘instant’ items that are for sell. There is instant coffee, instant tea, soup, grits, oatmeal, potatoes, milk, instant internet access, fast-food restaurants, frozen meals; the list is endless, and it appears as if it is continually growing. We get so impatient at a traffic light, being behind someone driving too slowly, or waiting in the checkout line at a store. Just look at people’s facial expressions. We want things done now, quicker, faster; we do not want to have to wait for anything. That is what is classified as being impatient. We have let being impatient rule in every aspect of our lives.
Have you ever noticed that God does not always move instantly? What? Why not? How do we fix this? We do not have the option nor the capability to fix it. We must wait upon the Lord.
When Adam walked with God in the garden, did he perform a fast-paced walk? Did Adam go for a jog? Did he get ahead of God? I think not and neither should we. We should not try to get ahead of the Lord, but we are not to sit and do nothing. While we are waiting for God to move or to act, we are to serve, we are to pray, we are to minister unto others.
Our Scripture today tells us that David called unto God, he waited, and God answered. Trusting that God will help us is not simple, however David received four blessings from his waiting: God lifted him out of the gloom, God set his feet on firm ground, God set up his goings (kept him steady as he walked), and God gave him another song. There are times when gifts and blessings cannot be obtained except if we go through the preliminary trial of waiting.
Christians are admonished in the New Testament to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus revealed to the disciples a story showing how they ought to consistently pray and not lose heart. This anecdote included a widow who kept going to a judge to request restitution against her foe. The judge was neither genuine nor mindful, however he became burnt out on the widow's constant requesting for justice, so he conceded to her solicitation.
The Bible does not record any strict occasions in David’s day to day existence, for example, being caught in a pit. This is just poetry depicting how profoundly frantic was David’s predicament. David’s warlike life was brimming with brushes with death, some of which was miserable to such an extent that they resembled being in a rubbish pit or a foul bog. We can almost envision being deserted in a huge opening in the ground that was loading up with water, mud, and ooze. In such a dilemma it is difficult to obtain traction, however the Lord came to down to David, addressed his weep for help, and pulled him to security. David says the Lord set his feet on a stone and made his means secure. The symbolism demonstrates that the Lord protected David from his foes and gave security to him.
Do we ever feel like we are in deep despair?
David was so euphoric and appreciative about God’s redemption of him from his adversaries that he lifted his voice in a melody of praise to the Lord. He imparted this recognition to his comrades with the goal that they would love the Lord and have faith and trust in Him. This veneration or reverence is the importance of the expression fear in sections like this. He was being a witness by telling them what God had done for him.
When God rescues sinners from sin, He pulls them out of a miry pit (Psalm 40:2). The people who cry to the Lord for salvation and accept Jesus as their Savior are safeguarded. God gives them a new life (Ephesians 2:4-10; 1 John 3:14). Second Corinthians 5:17 proclaims that any individual who is in Christ is a new creation. The Lord not only saves them from the pit of wrongdoing yet additionally sets up their walk and provides them guidance through life. Saul of Tarsus discovered absolution and a new life in Christ (Acts 9). He affirmed in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 that Christ Jesus came down to earth to save sinners, of whom he said he was the premier. He obtained mercy for Christ to use him as an example of patience to other believers.
Scripture pronounces that happiness is when we trust and obey with God’s Word (Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 37:5-9). Tribulations and trials will come, even to those who honor God (John 16:33), however those who love the Lord are ensured triumph (Romans 8:28-30).
David had learned in the wild to depend on the Lord for security, and he was not disillusioned. His confidence, faith, and trust in God brought him extraordinary joy. The individual who places his or her confidence and faith in the Lord does not accept advice from worldly pompous individuals. Nor does that person emulate the individuals who follow foolishness, false thoughts, or lies (1 Corinthians 2:12; Romans 12:1-2; Proverbs 5:22-23).
Often, we function as if we can manage everything, but then we finally realize that we cannot. Then THAT is when we call upon God. Waiting periods are necessary and it may be difficult. But the answer and the blessing will come in His time.
Waiting on God is our call to act. Doing the will of the Lord means that sometimes we are to be standing by quietly. And while we pause, we are to worship and love the Lord. We are to serve others as we tell the world about God.
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God called me into the ministry over 20 years ago and I have had the blessed opportunity to preach for a church radio broadcast, served as a Sunday School teacher, served as a youth director along with my wife, as a music director, as an Associate Pastor, and as an Interim Pastor.
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