Waiting Patiently

I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1

LORD Jesus, we praise You that we can always come before You in prayer. Always. Guide us in our prayer life. Help us in times when we need to stop and be still and know that You are God. Give us the patience, O God we pray, to wait for Your answer and enable us to do Your will. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

“I can’t wait!”

Waiting requires such patience, doesn’t it? I’m thinking of all the times we have to wait for the teacher to grade our exams, or for an employer to send us an approval that we would get the promotion or job. What about longing for the day of our wedding? Later on we have to endure nine months of pregnancy until we finally get to see and hold our baby. Yes, waiting requires patience, but it can be exciting, too.

It’s a different kind of waiting, though, if we are afraid of failure, isn’t it? I mean, have you ever had this feeling in your tummy that you have messed up the essay; and so you did not look forward to the day when the teacher would hand out the papers? Oh you could well wait for its return forever, couldn’t you? I wouldn’t have minded if the exam never did get graded by the teacher. For me this was nothing compared to the waiting during some of my pregnancies — the ones that ended in a miscarriage.

Waiting while looking toward an uncertain future, a future that might be devastating, requires a different kind of patience. How can you think that everything is going to be okay — if it (possibly) is not so?

It depends on how much you are willing to let go, and how much you accept that God remains in control — no matter what! Listen to this:

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

Think of it, you are going to bed at night and you will eventually sleep. Do you remain in control? Who watches over you so that you will not stop breathing during that night? Who is responsible that you will wake up in the morning?

The One who made the heaven and the earth, the One who stepped down from His throne to die for your sins, is the One who will remain above all and in control.

Wait patiently for the LORD.

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