Psalms 27:14 KJV “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
If there was one thing I could change about myself, it would be my inability to be patient. I’m one of those people that when someone asks me to meet them at 10:00, I’m there by 9:45 wondering why they’re not. What’s even worse is that my mind is usually two steps ahead of my body; therefore slowing down for me takes a considerable act. These days it seems like I’m not the only one who has trouble being patient. We live in a world where being fast is the best way to go. We can’t get things fast enough; the words instant, quick, rapid, express, fast-speed, direct, and immediate have become vocabulary words that we are very familiar with. We all want instant gratification, a quick fix.
So what does the Bible say about this? The book of Psalms gives us instruction in the ways of patience. In order to wait on the Lord, we must show courage. The word courage is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “having the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” This strength is obtainable only through God’s grace. When we try to take on difficulties using our own strength, we are telling God that we don’t need Him, trust Him, or think that He knows what’s best for us.
I recently had a situation in my life where waiting had to take precedence. I found myself not only questioning God, but more or less demanding that He answer, and answer now. I soon realized that no matter how badly I wanted to know the future, the only way I was going to get any peace was to completely give my troubles over to the Lord. I couldn’t do it on my own. Proverbs tells us that we should never lean on our own understanding. If we were able to always know the right way, then we would have no need for God. Instead we should learn to “be still and know that He is God,” that He will guide us on the right path, but it will be in His time, not our own. (Psalms 46:10)
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Please pray with me:
Dear Heavenly Father;
We have so many things going on in our lives
that sometimes we forget to slow down and give You thanks.
Let us always remember to be still and know that You are God,
and that You alone are in control of our lives.
We admit that we do not know what You have planned for us;
so we come to You today, asking for the courage to wait for Your
guidance, the patience to wait for Your timing, and the strength
needed to persevere.
For it is in Your Holy name that we pray,