MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. ―Psalm 27:14 (NLT)
Two friends were vacationing on a cruise ship. They had separate cabins on different decks, and each morning they met for breakfast in the dining room. One morning, the elevators were slow and the first to arrive waited patiently for the other. “Don’t you just hate waiting on the elevator?” asked the latecomer. “Why?” came the reply. “No matter how quickly you get on and off, you’ll still be on this ship.”
For some, life is a state of constant hurry. They find it difficult to slow down, to live in the moment, without hatching a plan to keep things moving. Yet, there are situations in which not only is haste unnecessary, but waiting is critical. Sarah could testify about her folly in running ahead to make God’s promise come true, only to create problems in her household (Genesis 16). When only God can make or show us the next right move, we do well to wait on Him.
In Psalm 27, David begs his soul to wait patiently on the Lord, and to be brave about it. What does bravery have to do with waiting? It takes courage to maintain our moral standards while we wait for a mate who honors God. It takes courage to keep waiting for God’s guidance while the microphones are blasting “Just do it.” It takes courage not to give up on God after we think that we have waited too long for a happy home, good health, financial stability or any other blessing for which we have prayed.
In a working, personal connection with God, we learn to wait with patience. Fussing, worrying and childish temper tantrums are not becoming. Instead, our prayer life solidifies, our humility sweetens and our faith swells. We learn life-changing lessons, and make attitude adjustments. We even experience growth spurts in our character while we wait. “Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
Prayer: Gracious God, we pray with thanksgiving that we learn to wait with bravery and patience when waiting means full surrender to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ten Quotes on Waiting Patiently
- “Wait patiently but watch prayerfully.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
- “Patience is to wait for the ice to melt instead of breaking it.” ―Munia Khan
- “The beauty of a morning glory, is that of its patient wait for the sun to rise in the morning!” ―Mary Kate
- “What we do while we wait may be more important than what we are waiting for.” ―Tim Hiller
- “Sometimes in life we couldn't wait and take wrong decisions, then we have to wait till eternity just to make things right.” ―Ratish Edwards
- “It is more important to go slow and gain the lessons you need along the journey then to rush the process and arrive at your destination empty.” ―Germany Kent
- “Waiting well looks forward to the future while staying present in the present. Waiting well means I remain open to God and allow Him to move me toward the future He has planned, in His time.” ―Wendy Pope
- “Everyone that wants to fulfil God’s commission and His ministry in their lives has to know how to wait patiently, how to wait for God. Only when He then appears can success be guaranteed.” ―Sunday Adelaja
- “When you don’t understand what is happening, you need to wait, trust God, and rest in His care. He is always faithful to His own.” ―Jim George
- “The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be.” ―Mandy Hale
- Sundown Devotional: Beyond Human Expectations
"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts." (John Calvin) This can be your personal experience.
- Sundown Devotional: Who's Holding Your Hand?
No situation takes Him by surprise. No territory is unfamiliar to Him. No hostile attack can overpower Him. Can you think of anyone, instead of the Omnipotent God, whom you prefer to hold your hand?
When You're Waiting on God
© 2020 Dora Weithers