12 JULY 2020 WAITING ON GOD "Silently we wait for God to answer, Reverently we kneel before His throne; Waiting quietly with deep assurance That the Lord doth answer all His own." Waiting on God takes a full surrender of our thoughts, our wishes, and our wills. It takes a complete trust in God and His promises. Sometime ago, I was reading in my Bible, and I noticed that the headline at the top of the page read, "Confidence in God." I have often thought of this; God would like us to have an absolute confidence in Him, living in His strength and wisdom. He would like us to wait patiently and restfully on Him, leaving with Him our questions of the future, our troubles of the past, and our little worries of each day. "There is no searching of his understanding" Isaiah 40:28. As Clarke's Commentary says, "His understanding is unsearchable." The whole chapter of Isaiah 40 speaks of His greatness. "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?" (v. 12). Two verses in the chapter present the question, "To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?" (vv. 18, 25). And then, at the end of the chapter, is this beautiful, restful promise, "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" (v. 31). Why, after reading of God's amazing greatness and this promise, would we think we could face life on our own? The word wait has several different meanings. One is "to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon." We can rest in God and His promises, knowing He will be there to help us through every dark, hopeless trial. In our times of absolute helplessness, when it seems like there is no light at all, is when God's strength can work in us the very most, and God's light can shine through us the brightest if we can wait and trust. Waiting is a part of God's plan, and it seems we have all found it to be that in those times when we cannot do a thing but wait on God is when He chooses to draw us very close to Himself. There is a phrase of a song that has often impressed me, "Wait on the Lord, He only longs to see your heart refined. If all answers would come to us as soon as we needed them, and things fell into place smoothly, how could we learn to leave all with God and live by His strength? The other definition of wait is "to attend as a servant." Those who serve God shall mount up with wings as eagles. Not only are we learning to lean on Him completely and patiently wait, we are also serving Him in the best way we can. Instead of focusing on ourselves, our stresses in life, how things work out, I believe God would like us to abandon our cares and simply serve Him. Just serve Him and wait on Him. And we will find that, as God gives us grace to do this, we will mount up with wings as eagles, flying without a single care. We can run, and if we were running on our own strength, it would not last a single day, but with God, we can run through the busy times of life and not grow weary, and we can walk up the steepest winding mountain trail, and not be faint. May we allow God to refine us through waiting. May we soar like the eagle, above the things that would drag us down, and be content in God and the things He has given us for today. Sister Tina Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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