God’s Waiters

January 10, 2017

Isaiah 30: 15-18

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, 

in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! 17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” 18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; 

he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! 

God’s Waiters

One of the most difficult things for us to do is to learn to wait upon the Lord.  A good waiter at a restaurant is continually mindful of his tables and the people that he serves.  They have to be attentive and remember all of the orders and requests.  They have to see many of the needs before they are even asked for and attend to them.  In order to be a good waiter that person can not be so focused upon themselves but they must be focused on others and their needs before their own.  When we wait upon the Lord we must learn to become good waiters.  There is a protocol that we follow in that we honor the Lord and we worship Him.  The Lord teaches us to move upon His orders and in His strength.  So often we don’t want to wait upon the Lord, we want to run.  Instead of repenting of our sins and resting, we get anxious and thinking we must always be doing.  Isaiah says that in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.  We are often like undisciplined horses who want to throw their heads back and run, but we are not subject to the will and bridle of the rider, we are given to our own mind and desires.  

If we learn one thing about God it is that He doesn’t often move in our time, He moves in His time and His way.  One of the greatest lessons we can learn is to wait upon Him so that we can move in His time. Like that good waiter we are constantly in a state of readiness with our focus upon the direction of the Lord.  If we are caught up with our own needs and wants, we miss Him.  If we are trying to accomplish religious or godly tasks in our own strength and way, we miss Him.  It is learning to rest in Him, wait upon Him, be attentive for when He does speak and direct us.  In the interim we move and live according to the principles of faith in His Word.  

God is looking for a people that will learn the principle of resting and waiting upon Him.  It is learning patience and steadfastness and it is learning faithfulness and obedience, but these are the attributes God wants to see in His people, a people that are given to wait upon Him.  That waiting is not without it’s reward.  In Isaiah 30: 18 it says, “Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.”  Let us learn the art and the discipline of waiting upon the Lord. 

Blessingd,

#kent

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