Waiting upon the Lord
One of the virtues of the Christian life, if we may call them that, is patience. Rarely is this virtue found in man as a natural quality. In today’s society especially patience is hardly encouraged. We can obtain most of the material things we need (and many that we do not) quite easily. Leisure activities abound and opportunities to engage in them are plenty. Entertainment is available at the press of a button.
It seems that many also expect to find lasting happiness and contentment in such easy ways. When disappointment comes they become frustrated and bitter with life. Some turn to extreme pursuits and lifestyles, hoping in vain to obtain through these what they cannot obtain elsewhere. Tragically many of our young people are following this destructive path, devoting themselves to drink and drugs and even worse.
The testimony of the believer is that “the Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him” (Lam.3:25). This is true in the beginning of our Christian experience. Perhaps we sought the Lord for many years before we found Him, or rather He found us. We were blind in our sin and unbelief but God was gracious to us, giving us an understanding of our need and bringing us to Christ for salvation. Our souls were then at peace and rejoicing in the Lord and His mercy.
There have been many times too when we have had to wait upon God as Christians. Perhaps we have faced opposition because of our testimony to the Lord. We have endured the difficulty and have prayed earnestly until relief has come. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psa.37:7). It is the godly who prosper in the end, not those of the world.
Perhaps guidance has been required by us in living our lives to God’s glory. We have searched the Scriptures prayerfully and perseveringly until God has given us the direction we need. “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psa.37:5). Our confidence was that of the psalmist: “in thy light shall we see light” (Psa.36:9). At length the Lord answers the cries of His burdened people.
There is certainly a need for God’s people to wait upon Him at the present time. In our land both church and nation are in a sad state. Churchmen and politicians alike seem unable to cope with the problems affecting these two great institutions. Indeed by their pronouncements and actions they only make matters worse! The Bible speaks to us in our current woes: “Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way?” (Jer.2:17). In laying aside both the law and the gospel we are destroying ourselves.
We may be thankful that the Lord has His watchmen in Zion yet. They are the ones who plead constantly for His cause in private and speak boldly for His cause in public as He enables them. We need many more such.
In this new year let us not lose hope of seeing better days but heed what the psalmist says: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa.27:14). It would be good if we were able to wait more upon the Lord as this year unfolds. May we all know God’s rich blessing as we seek Him and serve Him.