“Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Charles Spurgeon
“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22
In the Waiting
Have you ever noticed that hope and waiting are so closely tied together? If you are in a period of waiting, you must have hope. Hope is almost like a prerequisite for waiting. Why wait if you don’t have hope that the very thing you are waiting on is going to come to fruition?
Hope can be so fleeting. Here one moment, gone the next. Often, when we find ourselves hopeless, we will soon learn that we have been placing our hope in the wrong thing. When we wait on the Lord and when our hope is in Him, there is no disappointment. Ever.
Waiting on the Lord is different than waiting in line somewhere. Waiting on the Lord never disappoints. Waiting on the Lord never fails us. Waiting on the Lord never brings bad results.
How can I say this when, of course, our world is full of bad results and cancer and death and divorce and hardship?
Waiting on the Lord is placing our hope in Him. Waiting on the Lord means we no longer place our hope in earthly things, test results or circumstances. Waiting on the Lord means we sit at His feet and long for the day we will see Him face to face. Waiting on the Lord is enjoying His presence no matter what is happening in the world around us.
Waiting on the Lord brings a blessed peace found in Him and not in His gifts or the help He may give. Our hope is Jesus, not what He will give, but what we’ve already been given in Him.
Oh Lord, we wait on You. Nothing else. Not your gifts, not for our circumstances to change, not for people to change. We sit in Your presence, our help and our shield, and we praise You. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.