- Stacey Darling
Wait Upon the Lord
For the past week or so, the Lord has been telling me to wait on Him. He's been doing this through sermons, scripture, devotionals and through the wisdom of those closest to me. There have been quiet moments where I can hear Him clearly say, "Wait" or "Be still." The message has been so loud and clear, that I have to believe He is at work in my life and that waiting on His timing, is what's best for me.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7
You would think it would be comforting to me to hear His direction but waiting can be hard especially when you are in the midst of a season that may be difficult.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Lately, in my prayers, I've been using words like, "rescue me" and "breakthrough," so to hear Him say "Wait," it can feel confusing and frustrating. I can't understand why He would want me or my family in this situation any longer. In my mind, a breakthrough is long overdue.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
But God's ways are not our ways and His timing is always in accordance with His perfect will for my life. There are many reasons why He hasn't moved us. Perhaps what He is preparing for us is not quite ready yet. Maybe He is working in the hearts of people that will play a role in our breakthrough. Or maybe He isn't done working in us yet.
The truth is, the Lord really does His best work in us when we are broken, desperate, weak, and in need. These are the times that we usually recognize just how much we do need Him in our lives. He isn't so quick to move us out of a season that is so beneficial to our spiritual growth and our walk with Him. He also uses it to prepare us for all that He has in store.
"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:14
A friend also reminded me that the Lord often has us endure things, not just for ourselves but for others. My testimony can be of great encouragement to someone else and also gives me the ability to genuinely empathize and sympathize. Jesus did this for us by coming here as a man to experience all of the temptations and emotions that we are faced with each day. Now we have Him to comfort us and show us grace and mercy when we encounter these things in our own lives.
“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18
He is a loving Father and when He says "Wait on me," it is because that is what is best for me and my family. I need to dig deep and stand firmly on my faith and trust in Him and His will for my life. This is true for all of His children.