Psa. 27:14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
When was the last time you had to wait on the Lord for an answer to a prayer? Maybe you are waiting on God right now. Waiting on God takes obedience. When you are waiting on God there should be surrender of heart and intensification of study and prayer to help your mind and soul. It is necessary to step back and give God your time and realize that everything is orchestrated by His hand, in His time. It is critical to succumb to His will. It is hard to wait on God when you see the objects of your prayers suffer or when your heart just doesn’t seem to mend. During times of strife, it can be tempting to try and rely upon yourself; this breeds a false sense of security which will undeniably lead to your downfall.
Understanding that you are a living part of God’s plan and knowing that God’s plan, including all the difficulties and heart ache, is critical. Remember in Steel Magnolias when Clairee spouts, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”? It’s true, and that is exactly what happens when we wait on God, we get stronger. In fact, the Hebrew word used for wait in Psalms 27:14 “Chazak” means to be strong. Wait on God, be strong, and He will strengthen you. What else are you going to do anyway? Can you control anything or anyone?
There is nothing you can do once you truly turn something over to God except wait. (Well, ok you can do things to advance His kingdom or help others) Once God is in control, waiting ensues. God’s children are always waiting on Him to work and move. It is a natural development, as believers grow and become dependant upon God as they should be, waiting becomes second nature. Whether the believer is waiting on healing or help in their own lives, in their church, or half way around the world; any life that is lived in Christ will inherently be one where someone will always be waiting on God. While His children are waiting on Him, He is giving them lessons and gifts to strengthen them. “Chazak”, BE STRONG! Mount up eagles wings and “Yes, wait upon the Lord.”
Reflections: Are there things that you are not giving God control over in your life? Make a list of all your favorite things in life, all the things you love-people, food, habits, places, clothes designers, stores, restaurants, vacation spots. Now make a list of all the things you dislike and all the things that are problematic, sorrowful or painful. Make a third list of all the things you think you are or claim to be. The lists can be short or long, there is no right or wrong on these lists. Now, what can you control about each one of these things on each list? Also, where does God fit into these things as they are in your life? There is nothing that God should not be master of in your life. There is nothing in your life good or bad that God can not handle. Now take everything on each list and give it to God, let Him have it all and renew yourself and your life with Him. Continue to wait and be strong and let your heart take courage!
Things to do while you wait on the Lord:
- Volunteer at the North Charleston Dream Center
- Volunteer at the SPCA
- Visit the elderly at the following care facilities or make them cards for holidays:map of care facilities in summerville, map of assisted living facilities in Charleston areas
- Start an inmate ministry
- Collect food from neighbors to give to a local food bank