“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Yes, for Him. Do not seek only the help or the gift; seek Him. Wait for Him. Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honors Him greatly; it leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work; it yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God.” Andrew Murray
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:1-3
In the Waiting
When our patience is being tried and tested, we begin to see the frailty of our humanity, yes? We are so very weak on our own. The best way to begin to grow in patience is to learn the spiritual discipline of waiting on the Lord.
When we begin to wait on the Lord, we must, at the same time, surrender our desire to know the outcome of events or circumstances. We must yield to the Spirit at work in us and allow Him to have His way. We cannot continue to command control over our lives if we want to be truly dependent on our Savior. We can’t have it both ways.
Waiting on the Lord, practically speaking, isn’t some elusive thing left highly spiritual or the people with too much time on their hands. Waiting on the Lord can be as simple as going before the Lord in prayer, meditating on His Word, waiting quietly before Him and allowing Him to work in the quiet. Yielding your heart to Him as you wait may be as simple as saying, “Lord, I yield myself to You, do your work in me.” Sometimes we need to stop talking and just wait quietly before the Lord. Sometimes repeating the Scripture back to Him and allowing Him to use His Word to cleanse your heart is waiting on the Lord. Don’t become anxious that you aren’t doing it “right” because there isn’t a right/wrong way. Take your willing heart, ask God to mold you, ask Him to help you learn to wait on Him, and then…wait.
I wait patiently for You, Lord, but in my humanness my patience often wears thin. Grow me in patience that I may wait on You and yield myself to You and Your will for my life.