Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.
At that time each will receive their praise from God.
We often don’t like to wait.
In the fast culture we live in where slow cooking is replaced with micro waves and horse and buggy replaced with fast cars. We don’t like to wait.
To stop and be quiet. To slow down and be still.
The word tells us there is a blessing for us when we wait.
dictionary.com says: to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens~ to be available or in readiness~ to look forward eagerly~ to expect~ to be in readiness for- to remain neglected for a time.
Oh we don’t like that last one… to feel neglected for a time?
But don’t we feel like that at times when we wait and wait and wonder if God is listening?
I love the last promise that says; each one will receive their praise from God.
Does that really mean we get God’s praise?
I think of my grand children and when they do good I say. “Good job~that was wonderful.”
As I say it I can see them stand up taller and take it inside themselves, “yes I did good”.
Is God really going to do that for us?
This is just a little word study for us to think about.
Waiting patiently is sometimes really hard but we miss the blessing when we don’t wait with the right heart attitude.
How are you doing at waiting these days?