Keep waiting on the Lord | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 10, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm
In the busyness of this world, it sometimes seems that we must “hurry up and wait” for everything. However, there are many things that require us to wait, and in most cases, it is in our best interest.
When we go for a doctor’s appointment, we have to WAIT. When students take their standardized tests, in order to get their scores, they must WAIT. When we order something exciting from a company, we have to WAIT. When a woman finds out that she is pregnant, no matter how anxious she may get for that child to be born near the end of her pregnancy, she must WAIT. When a farmer plants his garden, he must WAIT for the crops to come. When problems arise, in order to get the best answer or solution, we must WAIT. Even when I prepare my article for publication each week, I have to WAIT on the Lord to guide and direct my thoughts.
God’s Word speaks about WAITING. The psalmist says in Psalm 27:7, “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me” (KJV). Then he comes to the realization that God is not going to answer in the psalmist’s time, but His time; so he goes on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (KJV). Further, he realizes that God will come if he believes in Him and waits patiently.
While waiting on an answer from the Lord, there are some things we must do:
We must be patient. God does not work like a microwave oven, an ice-maker, etc. God answers when He is ready and feels that you are ready to accept what He has to offer.
We must believe that God will do what He says. He does not deliver to those who have a spirit of doubt.
We must pray, do it regularly, and the correct way, for there are requirements for prayers to be heard. According to James 5:16, “The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results” (ESV).
We must resist taking the matter back into our own hands. Give it to God, whatever it is, and leave it there. His timing is perfect.
We must thank Him in advance, trusting in His promises.
Then when God moves, praise Him for His deliverance, and go out and tell somebody about the wondrous power and goodness of the Lord. Prayer is such an important part of waiting on the Lord. Therefore, please read and enjoy the moral lesson that this anonymous story teaches: “How much does a prayer weigh?”
“Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children, and they needed food.
“John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family’s needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’ John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.
“Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. “The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’ Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘Okay,’ he said. ‘Put your grocery list on the scales, and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.’
“Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head. Then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. “The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scale went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’ The customer smiled, and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.
“The scale did not balance, so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said: ‘Dear Lord, you know my needs, and I am leaving this in your hands.’ The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a $50 bill to the grocer and said, ‘It was worth every penny of it.’ “It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs.”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)