Waiting for the Lord

I’ve been working on my next post, but it’s not yet ready.  Meanwhile, I was reading a publication by Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries.  The magazine and devotionals are available online, so I thought I’d copy and paste one that I particularly enjoyed into my blog.

Dr. Stanley has a daily devotional.  This one is from August 10, 2010, titled “Wait for the Lord”.

Right timing is critical in a believer’s walk with the Lord. However, trusting His timing in important decisions, uncertain direction, or pressing needs is extremely difficult when everything within us cries, “Do something!” Because we want action, waiting for God seems so passive.

To wait for the Lord means to pause for further instruction while remaining in the present circumstance. It is a purposeful, expectant focus on God—a choice to be actively still and quiet in our hearts, listening for His voice and watching for His intervention. The wait is not for events to work out as we want, but rather for God’s will to be done.

The Lord’s voice often comes to us through His Word. Because this is His instruction book for our lives, quiet meditation on Scripture is essential. Sometimes when I read my Bible, a passage will jump out at me. The guidance I’m seeking is right there, almost as if it has my name written on it.

At other times, God will use changed circumstances to redirect us, or He will motivate another person to give guidance. However, always remember that any voice offering us direction must align with the Lord’s will as revealed in His Word; otherwise, it is not from Him.

The first step in waiting for the Lord is submission to His choice of how and when He will act. What are you hoping God will do? Are you seeking Him or the thing you want from Him? Because He alone knows what is best for you, let go and trust His choice.

(Me again)  I hope you enjoyed it!  Sometimes it’s difficult to wait, isn’t it?  I’ve been praying for some things to happen for quite awhile, and I don’t see the answers yet.   I have to remind myself that God’s timing is perfect.  Patience, Julie. 

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