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To wait on the Lord does not mean to stand around passive. Rather it is to be silent before God knowing that whatever the subject is of our impatience, it is not too big for God to handle. When we come to this place, worry, anxiety and fear find no place to dwell because God is there. It is only when we leave God out that these negative emotions have the right to torture our minds and that they will. But worry is defeated when we trust in God.
I enjoy the words God brought out through the Psalmist “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to out God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord…” As humans we enjoy being in control. If we do not know how something will happen or why something is happening, we feel out of control and that is not an easy state to live in. When we cannot have our hand in every detail manipulating and dictating what goes on in our lives or in the lives of those near us, it drives us crazy. However, we are never in the perfect will of God when we take the reins from God and decide we can handle things better than He can. Letting go and letting God comes only through being still and resting in the knowledge that when we refocus on Him rather than our issue, it will come to pass in His time and in His way only. If we do not learn to rest in Him during our season of waiting, we will never conquer the worries that plague us.
However, waiting can be wearisome, our own strength will fail. All created things have a degree of endurance, but when that endurance fails us, we are left tired and defeated. Waiting in the waiting room, weeks, months and sometimes years can take its toll on anyone. Our peace may be stripped leaving us worried and confused. We often become frustrated and annoyed wondering if He had forgotten us. But, this is not the case for those that have discovered God’s strength. We know He is all powerful and can do whatever He pleases. There is no burden too heavy to carry when God is carrying it for you. In fact, when we became dependent on Him, we become even stronger. Nevertheless this knowledge alone does not always satisfy our irritations. We desire to know why it is taking so long for God to act. Still, the only answer we hear back is not why, but rater “Wait patiently and rest in Me. Trust in Me my child.” It is not for you to know why the wait is so long, but more importantly how to wait.