Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart;
wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Lots of things in our life involve waiting. Do we really trust in God as we are waiting for an answer? Children tend to be impatient when they want something, but sometimes immature people also tend to be impatient and tend to find shortcuts to a quicker solution, which is in fact the wrong road. When no clear directions are revealed, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7). “For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are those who wait upon Him” (Isa. 30:18).
While waiting, God wants us to “be quiet” in our lives. When we get too busy, we fail to listen to God’s soft voice. He wants to work effectively in our life as we are waiting. David was anointed by Samuel the prophet, but he did not become the king of Israel right away. In spite of entering king Saul’s palace to play the harp, killing Goliath, or marrying Michal, or being Jonathan’s best friend, or winning the favour of the people did not make him to be the king of Israel immediately. David had to run from Saul and at the age of thirty, he became the king as God promised. God trained David to be still during his waiting period.
Sometimes we have to wait in unpleasant surroundings. Prior to His ascension, Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). Jerusalem was the last place the disciples wanted to be in, because there was a high chance of further being persecuted as Christ’s followers. Jesus wants us to wait in order to change our priorities. He wants us to restore our faith. Abraham waited and trusted on God’s promise that He would make Abraham’s descendants as the stars of the sky and grains on the sea shore (Gen. 22:17).
Waiting on the Lord helps us to purify our true motives, gives us the humility and patience. Only trust in God for His direction. He wants to guide us through the still voice of His Holy Spirit. David’s soul longed for the Lord like a night watchman waiting to see the first streak of sunlight (Ps. 130:6). At the same time, we should wait with confidence for the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus and that should be our priority.