Monday, July 2, 2012

Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.  
~Psalm 27:14

It isn't always easy, is it?  Sometimes, if we want something, God chooses to make us wait for an answer.  And that answer might just turn out to be disappointing.  Waiting requires patience, which is something not all of us have a lot of.  Waiting can also give one the sense of not knowing what to do (at least for a time), which can drive a person crazy (not literally of course; at least, I hope not).

And then there's " of good courage..."  It's not always easy to have courage, either; to be strong, especially in the midst of a trial.  Courage actually requires action: it bids one do something that he or she is afraid of.  It calls upon a person to have strength in the face of pain or grief.  Just the meaning of the word sounds hard.  How much harder would it be to put the word into practice.  In other words, it's easier said than done.

So, what should we do?  Waiting is hard, having courage is sometimes harder (not to mention being of good courage).  The easy answer: we wait and we be of good courage.  The difficult answer: we wait and we be of good courage.

I think that waiting is easier or harder for a person, depending on how they approach the matter. If it's approached with an impatient and stubborn spirit it's quite obviously not going to go well.  How do you think God should react if this is the way you look at the trials He gives you to endure?

On the other hand, if you bear this waiting period with meditation, prayer, the reading of God's Word... it will be so much easier than rebelling against God's will for you.

I honestly don't know what else to say, except that if you wait on the Lord, He shall renew your strength; you shall mount up with wings as eagles; you shall run, and not be weary; and you shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

I know it's hard and I know that it's easy to give in to the feeling of wanting to give up, to just quit and not seek the Lord anymore.  The Lord knows this, too.  "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."  (Hebrews 4:15)

O friend, do not give up!  Seek the Lord and His ways with all your heart and don't ever leave off; He will reward you for it.

"...Wait, I say, on the Lord."

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