Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Waiting. Expecting. Longing.
Everyone does it every day. For most people, certain seasons of life are spent waiting. Waiting to grow up. Waiting to find that special 'someone.' Waiting for children. Waiting for the children to become adults themselves. Whatever the object of the waiting looks like, it is important to recognize that God has so directed the seasons of our lives to bring honor to Himself and to lead us on to maturity and grace. It is for our own good that we wait. Waiting can, and should be, active rather than passive. Even though the Lord has not given us a look at what lies ahead of each of us, it is essential to recognize that the tasks He gives us to do are the very training we need for the future. Through the determined act of waiting we are taught patience, trust, and hope in our sovereign God.
"The simple thought of a life which is to be the unfolding of a Divine plan is too beautiful, too captivating, to suffer on indifferent of heedless moment. Living in this manner, every turn of your experience will be a discovery to you of God, every change a token of His fatherly counsel. Whatever obscurity, darkness, trial, suffering, falls upon you; your defeats, losses, injuries; your outward state, employment, relations; what seems hard, unaccountable, severe, or, as nature might say, vexatious - all these you will see are parts or constitutive elements in God's beautiful and good plan for you, and, as such, are to be accepted with a smile. Take your burdens, and troubles, and losses, and wrongs, if come they must and will, as your opportunities, knowing that God has girded you for greater things than these."
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.