I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)
That does not come naturally to me. What does not come naturally to you? Waiting does not come naturally to me. Running and racing comes naturally to me. Busyness and being constantly in motion or on the go comes naturally to me. Impatience and worry and anxiety come naturally to me. How has being constantly busy and always in motion worked out for you? Not well, not well at all. Why not? I can’t tell you how mistaken my thoughts and words and actions have been because I rushed into them. There is an irony here. Really, what’s the irony? I’m sure I have thought that if I run faster and harder, I will accomplish far more and that being busy is far better than waiting. That is clearly not the case. Why is that? Failing to wait on you as I put my hope in your word has left me with only my own thoughts and words and actions. I have not received your instruction. I have not followed your guidance. I have not been able to know and do your will because I haven’t waited on you or listened to your word. So, I have wasted time and talent and resources by doing what seemed right in my own eyes. The problem is that my eyes do don’t have your perspective. Without waiting, I will never have your wisdom. So, in my life of busyness and constant motion I have made a ton of mistakes. That is not good. No, it is not. It is no fun to have to stop and turn around and start over. No, it is not.
So, what do you want to do differently? I want to wait for you. How will you wait for me? I will draw near to you. I will rest in your presence. I will listen to all that you have to say to me. I will allow you to speak into my life. I will meet with you in prayer. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will meet with you in worship. I will bow myself down before you. I will give you all my thanks and praise. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will eagerly and expectantly wait for you to guide my life. I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. I will follow word and put into practice whatever you show me. In every way and on every day, I will be waiting before you. That will be very good. Yes, it will.
Lord, I will quiet myself before you. I will make myself fully available to you. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will eagerly wait to hear from you. My expectant hope will be fully in your word. Amen
Key Question… How are you being challenged to go deeper by waiting for the Lord as you hope in His word?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to wait for the Lord as you put your hope in His word.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you can wait for the Lord as you put your hope in His word.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you wait for the Lord as you put your hope in His word.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you wait for the Lord as you meet with Him in His word.
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