Wait on the Lord and Get Stronger
Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
As a young boy, I did not have much patience. Like most of my friends, I wanted my desires to be met right away. I did not appreciate the value of waiting and the Lord would continuously direct situations in my path that would require patience. I would take time watching the bumblebee and praising the effort they demonstrated in performing their tasks of pollinating the plants. The bee is very industrious and stays with the work until completion.
This is how our Lord works for us. He teaches us to wait upon Him, and as we trust Him, we will discover that He will increase our faith. I have learned that the absence of an immediate answer does not mean that the Lord has abandoned me. The lack of response just means He is working behind the scenes in ways that I cannot understand. The Psalmist declares that the Lord hears us and He will lift us out of the pit and set us upon a solid rock. We need to rest in the Lord and know that He has not turned His ear away from us. In times of distress, we must continue to place our trust in Him. He alone is our help and our Deliverer.
After the Lord gives us a firm place to stand, He will provide us with a new song to sing. So often our song is one of doubt, fear, and panic. We focus on the problem and ignore the answer. Jesus expects us to rest in the knowledge that He will never leave or forsake us. The gentleness of His voice and the strength of His hands are ever before us. When we are delivered from the problems, we must give our God the best praise possible. If the Lord does not deliver us, then we would forever be in turmoil, and the enemy would win. Our appreciation must draw the attention of those around us so that they will know that our God is the God who answers prayer.
The passage tells us that many will see what the Lord has done for us and they will come for the Lord. What a marvelous thought. The power of God should be evident to others, and they will realize that we did not hope in vain. As we wait upon the Lord, we get stronger, and that strength will always bring glory to the Lord. I encourage you to take the opportunity to wait on the Lord and trust Him. I promise you that no weapon that forms will be able to defeat you. You have a bright future in Christ, and all you have to do is wait!
Peace and Blessings,
Bishop Eric A. Lambert, Jr.
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