Does Wait Break the Wagon Down?

waiting signIt seems the Lord’s favorite word is often wait.  It’s always spoken very softly, very gently and with lots of love but the reaction it causes in me cannot always be described as such.

Now, when I hear the word wait I pause, take a deep breath and say, Yes Lord. The Lord helped me understand the waiting process by showing me how Jesus had to wait, too. In Luke Chapter 2:46-49 we see a picture of a 12 year old boy who amazed and astonished the learned priests of the temple. At that time, Jesus knew He had work to do, he even told them, “I must be about my Father’s business”. Yet, He had to return to the boon docks of Nazareth to WAIT. So, what did He do in Nazareth beside build furniture?

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First, He was subject to His parents – He stayed within the lines of authority. He was obedient (V. 51). This is a reflection of the 5th commandment. (See Exodus 20)

Second, He grew in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man (V. 52). This growth wasn’t just a physical maturation but also spiritual and character. He grew because He was obedient.

waiting horse

Turn to Psalm 37. This chapter is the instruction book for waiting.

 Read over it and underline the verses with the word wait in them.

Jot down or highlight some of the promises like in verse 6.

Make a note of some of the warnings as in verse 8.

God spells out the benefits and warns us of those who would attempt to interfere with our waiting.

rope twistWaiting is not about sitting around twiddling our thumbs.

Wait is an active word.

In Hebrew, it means to twist, to dance, to bind together,

to writhe in the pain of childbirth, to collect and to expect.

In other words, as we wait God twists us more tightly to Him.

As we wait He leads us in a dance of celebration for the blessings He bestows on us

and as we wait He binds His word deep into our hearts.

pregnant bellyIn the waiting there will be pain as we birth through prayer the new life He has for us, but in that birthing,

we collect things like increased faith, perseverance and an expectation that comes from the joy of knowing who God is and how He operates.

raised drawbridge red lightSo friends, if you feel stuck in the waiting room, feeling as if you’ve been forgotten,

be encouraged – you’re in good company and remember,

it’s not about the destination but the journey.

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. ~ Isaiah 40:31

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