I Will Wait for Him

March 6, 2012

Lamentations 3:22-27
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
27It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.

I Will Wait for Him

One of the richest and most fruitful times of the day is the time I spend with Papa.  Out of that time and communion with Him I find the strength, direction and the attitude I need to carry into my day.  The most special of those times is when I hear Him speak to me or even speak through me as write.  Indeed, “His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
There are times in our lives as God is growing us, maturing us and seasoning us that we have our times of lamentation.  We don’t always feel God’s closeness or sense His presence.  Circumstances that surround us might suggest that maybe God has left us or abandoned us.  Then we hear the jackal voice of the enemy as he taunts us with doubts,  fear and unbelief .  He whispers his condemnations to us because we think somehow we are not good enough or worthy of God’s love.
The Lord has not forsaken us.  It is not because you aren’t good enough or worthy of His love.  It has never been about our worth.  If Father didn’t consider us worth saving He would have never sent His Son to die for us.  Our worth is found in our identity with Him, not in the efforts or failures of our goodness.   He alone is our goodness and our righteousness and because of that God does not turn His back on you.
What God is looking for is the man that is steadfast and faithfully waits upon the Lord even in the midst and length of trial and adversity.  Of course it easy to love God when we speak and it happens, when we pray and He answers, when we sense His presence and love all around us.  What happens when we don’t have that and our heavens seem as brass?  Will we say like Jeremiah, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”  Isn’t that basically what Job said when his world turned upside down and God seemed no place to be found?  God is wanting sons and daughters that are so sold out that they totally love God for who He is, regardless of what He can give them or how He can make them feel.  Faith is the “feeling” of the Spirit.  It will believe when all else says otherwise.
God has never forsaken us.  “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”  God can so blow us away with all He could do for us and provide for us and there will be a day for that, but first God wants to know our heart.  Are you willing to hang with Him in the rough times, those lonely and desert times?  Are you willing trust Him and praise Him even in adversity and lose?
It says of Jesus in Hebrews 5:8, “though he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” If Jesus is our prototype and pattern should we think that it would be different for us?
Shore up your resolve and know that God is always on His throne and His promises are always “yes” and “amen”, but that doesn’t mean the ride can’t be rough.  Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”  Tribulation is part of our portion if we live godly in Christ Jesus.  Why would you be an overcomer unless there was something to overcome?  It is what builds the fabric of your faith and relationship with Father.  When He knows nothing will move you from Him then He knows He can trust great responsibility into your hands.  “It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.”  The yoke speaks to the burden and the testing of our faith.  When we have been seasoned through our youth, then in latter years we can more fully move into what God wants to impart through us because of the experience He has worked in us over the time.
There is no place like God’s presence, but know that this is not always a warm and fuzzy place based on our feelings.  Remember that the feelings of the Spirit is faith.  In that faith we stand in confidence of God as we wait upon Him, knowing that He is our portion.
Isaiah 40:29-31 reminds us, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
James 5:7-11 exhorts us, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
Wait upon the Lord.  Persevere.  The Lord has great things ahead for those who stay the course and don’t faint.


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