WAITING ON THE LORD - Week of February 14th

By Judy Nichols

February 14, 2016

Years ago a presidential candidate made a campaign stop in Mansfield. My husband and I were among the throng that braved the cold to try to catch a glimpse of the man. That was all we were there for, to see him. We knew we couldn’t get inside to hear his speech, much as we would have liked to. So we just waited outside in the cold with the crowd. There was nothing to do but wait and nothing to be gained except to say we saw him.

The Scripture tells us many times to "wait on the Lord." When we are in need of something, people will often tell us to "wait on the Lord," meaning be patient to wait for His timing. But ultimately, what we are waiting on is His answer to our prayer. We are waiting for the financial provision we need, or the healing of an illness, or the restoration of a relationship, or any of a multitude of things in which His action would benefit us.

That’s all well and good, for He does want us to ask Him for what we need and He does pour out his mercies and grace in the form of provision, healing, reconciliation, and so much more. But we are missing something big if we only wait for the Lord to answer our prayers. If we only seek Him for how He can benefit us, where is our focus? And what does that say about our relationship with Him? Is He our genie in a bottle? Our butler? Even our best friend who would do anything for us?

Jesus did say He now calls us His friends (John 15:15), and He is the best Friend one could ever have. He has all the resources we will ever need. Indeed, He IS all we will ever need and that is why we should, by all means, spend some time just waiting on Him . . . for nothing except to see more of His greatness, perfection, character, and glory.

Hear some of King David’s desire for God, which he penned in Psalm 27. "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple . . . When you said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.’" And he ends his psalm with, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord" (v. 4, 8, 14). No wonder God called David a man after His own heart!

We did not get to see our candidate in person all those years ago. We saw his bus go by the intersection on the way to the auditorium. That was as much as we got for our standing in the cold, waiting.

It is worth any amount of waiting, under any circumstances, to gain a bigger view of our amazing and awesome God. For He delights to reveal Himself to those who seek Him. And in the process, we are forever changed.

© Judy Nichols 2016

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