Bullets From The Bible 2-11-18



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    “Wait on the Lord” is a term that is used several times in the Bible. David uses this term probably more than anyone else and understandably so.

    Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

    Psalm 37:34 says, “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it .”

    Psalm 37:9 says, “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.”

    Many times throughout David’s life he was placed in difficult situations because of his commitment to God. David trusted God to deliver him and God did provide David deliverance…yet it was not always as quickly as David expected. Yet David’s faith in God grew to the point that he trusted in God even though times were not always the best and even though deliverance did not come as quickly as he thought it should. He learned to wait upon the Lord for the deliverance he would provide.

    Solomon also talks about waiting upon the Lord but he used the statement in a different context. Proverbs 20:22 says, “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.”

    Solomon in the context of getting revenge talked about the concept of waiting on the Lord. As Christians it is not our place to take revenge on people who have wronged us. Vengeance is God’s to deal out justly (Romans 12:19), yet many times we don’t like waiting on the Lord. Many times it feels as if God’s timing with just vengeance is too slow. Yet we must wait on the Lord.

    Isaiah also talks about waiting on the Lord. Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. [30] Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: [31] 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.”

    The whole idea in each of these passages is just, righteous, deliverance from evil. Today we live in an evil world just as they did. Sometimes it is difficult to endure the evil that is in this world. Some times it is easy to look to God and wonder why He hasn’t yet delivered His just judgment upon the world. Yet we can never forget that God is just. God is righteous. God will bring judgment one day and we must wait on Him and the justice that He will bring. Waiting does not mean to be lazy. Waiting does not mean to go to sleep or to stop working. Lazy is not abandoning effort, sitting down, and doing nothing. If we stop working...we have quit and are no longer waiting. Waiting means that we will struggle day in and day out to serve God faithfully. Waiting means that one will stay faithful to God even through the struggles of this life and will serve Him faithfully until Christ returns.


 

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