Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
Who are you waiting for? I’m not sure what you mean. Who will you rely on for your help? Who will aid you? Who will supply what you need? Who will give you wise counsel? Who will guard and guide and protect your life? Those are good questions. Do you have an answer? Yes, I have an answer. Let me hear your answer. I will wait for you. I will rely on you to come to my aid. I will rely on you for my help. I will trust that you will supply what I need. You will guard and guide and protect my life. Yes, I will, as you are waiting for me.
How will you know for sure that you are waiting on me? I will come to listen to you. I will meet with you in your word. I will hear all that you have to say to me. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will allow your words to change my heart and transform my mind and guide my life. I will allow your word to give me your thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. That will be very good.
Will it be enough for you to listen to my word? Certainly not. I must act on your word. I must go where you guide me. I must do all that you ask of me. I must put your word into practice. Then I will know that I have truly been waiting on you. Then I will know that you are guarding and guiding and directing my life. Yes, you will.
What will be sure signals that you have stopped waiting on me? If I stop meeting with you in your word, I will no longer be waiting on you. If I no longer allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life, I will no longer be waiting on you. If I do not put your word into practice, I will not be waiting on you. If I do not go where you guide me or do all that you ask of me, I will not be waiting on you. If I come to rely on someone or something else other than you, I will not be waiting on you. Will you keep waiting on me so I can bless your life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been obstinate and slow to hear what you wanted to say to me. I have been rebellious and unwilling to listen attentively to your instructions. No more. I will wait and rely on you to guide, guard and protect my life. Speak to me. I am listening. Amen
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