“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord,” [Psalm 27:13-14]
Waiting on the Lord
Even though David was anointed king at age 16, he waited to officially step into that role at age 30. In the process of waiting over 15 years, he encountered numerous trials that were probably discouraging, disheartening, and disappointing. Yet David didn’t lose his courage, his heart, or his appointing. Reread that verse. David knew that despite his sufferings at the time, God would show up and come through. He had an unwavering confidence that was not shaken or destroyed by life’s difficulties. David was determined to see the Lord’s goodness in his life here on this earth. The land of the living isn’t in some fantasy world; it’s right here, right now.
Why are we asked to wait?
Lamentations 3:24-25 says, “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”
Lamentations, written by Jeremiah, is know as the book of tears. Throughout the whole book, Jeremiah is basically weeping over the destruction of Jerusalem. He was convinced that the Lord would make Himself known him, because he sought him. Both David and Jeremiah went through seasons of waiting. The most important thing to understand about waiting, though, is that is doesn’t have to be in vain. These two men developed an amazing relationship with the Lord in their waiting. They talked with Him about what they were experiencing. They were vulnerable and real with the Lord, expressing how they truly felt about their current situations. This type of relationship with God creates an intimacy that doesn’t always come with life is all rainbows and unicorns. If we chose to emulate David’s confidence in the Lord, our waiting would turn into abundant blessings.
We learn in the waiting.
We depend in the waiting.
We surrender control in the waiting.
We discover in the waiting.
The Lord’s goodness shows up in our waiting. When we wait, we have the opportunity to entrust more of ourselves to the Lord. We learn more about God’s character when we seek Him out. He teaches us patience and gratitude. Our dependence on Him increases as we begin to understand that we are not called to be self-sufficient or self-reliant. As difficult as it is, we sacrifice our need to control our circumstances when we wait. We find that it’s actually better to partner with God and let Him do His thing than try to run our own lives. And we discover a lot about ourselves in the waiting. We become more aware of our intentions and beliefs when we don’t see immediate answers.
So be strong and take heart. Be confident that the Lord is good and that you will see His goodness play out. Continually invite God into your waiting. He’s willing and eager to show up.
God, thank you for who You are. Thank you for being good all the time, for Your consistency and Your steadfastness. Thank you for never changing your character, or for changing your mind about me. When I am in a season of waiting, God, I ask that you increase my dependency upon you. Give me strength and hope to trust you more and more each moment. God I praise You in the waiting. Amen.