FEBRUARY 18 – Wait upon the Lord
Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Does this imply confident expectation. One writer put it this way. “Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy.” There is never a request to wait upon the Lord in idleness.
Waiting on the Lord is busy while we wait for His guidance. Many things we have plain instruction that we can be busy with while we wait for specific direction from God in certain particulars. He will not fail us in His goodness to us or His guidance for us. God has His time for all things. “The Preacher” in Ecclesiastes says, “there is a time for everything.”
Knowing to wait on the Lord means we should show courage. There will be a direction and a task to be done. Our courage will will be increased because the promise is He shall strengthen thine heart. In our day and age great courage is needed. God will strengthen our heart for work He has for us.
To be in the Lords’ will, we must wait on Him.
“And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs,” Mark 7:28.
One day during Jesus’ earthly ministry, a Gentile woman humbly came to Jesus begging Him to heal her daughter who was demon possessed. Jesus responded with a statement meant to test her faith, instructing her that His immediate task was to enlighten and correct the wayward Jews and that it was not time to begin His ministry to the Gentiles. “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs” (Mark 7:27). The woman’s response was remarkably humble and persistent. She said, “Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (verse 28). When Jesus saw the woman’s faith, He honored her request and healed her daughter. Jesus was focused on the task at hand but was available to extend grace and healing to this woman. She believed He had the power to heal, and she persisted in faith.
We have all been in situations that seemed hopeless. Like the distraught Syrophoenician woman, we must come to the realization that we are absolutely helpless to control our circumstances and in desperate need of God’s intervention. Similarly, we should come to Him with humble persistence, acknowledging that it would only take a few “crumbs” (verse 28) of God’s power to deliver us in our times of need. Jesus honors the simple, persistent faith of those in need.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you come to God today in simple, persistent faith?