Week 38~ Psalm 27:14
‘Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.’
How often are we in a hurry to get on with our lives? Waiting is never easy, and at times quite frustrating- waiting in traffic when you’re on your way to work or to an appointment for example! Waiting on other people at times is hard too, especially during group undertakings where everyone has specific responsibilities that have to be completed before a project can move forwards.
Waiting is important otherwise it wouldn’t be mentioned twice in one sentence; however the emphasis here is the importance of waiting on God. There are often extra benefits to waiting and we are told here that our heart will be strengthened when we wait on God. We have established in previous weeks that God always wants the best for us so naturally He will take the right amount of time to prepare us fully and that is where maintaining our faith comes in.
The very act of waiting provides time in which we can assess a situation properly, gain extra knowledge, possibly extend our research or benefit in other ways we may not have considered. It also provides time which may be vital to avoid making costly mistakes
Waiting is a discipline which we should endeavour to nurture. It can provide space for things to slot into place so that the best outcome is guaranteed. To wait patiently is a good personal characteristic and in some instances shows courtesy and consideration for others, being important during conversations where we may need to give others time to think and decide how to express themselves.
Good courage describes the attitude we should maintain whilst waiting. There’s no point going around complaining when things are not moving quickly; instead have a strong accepting attitude that is brimming with expectancy ensuring the best possible outcome. Not every situation requires courage, but courage means putting your best foot forward and making all necessary moves in order to progress.
Next time you have to wait do not become impatient, instead think of it as an opportunity and wait whilst hidden blessings reveal themselves!