What do you think would be the hardest trial Jesus could lead you through in a walk of uncompromising faith? Death of a child? Loss of job and home? Physical pain and suffering? All those are very traumatic and difficult to endure but they are not the hardest lessons God gives us as we follow Him. The hardest lesson is the simplest; to wait on Him.
Sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, waiting is the absence of action. How can waiting be the hardest lesson we have to endure? There is a good reason for this. Waiting is hard because it exposes our ‘self’ nature. In all other lessons we can learn from God, but our ‘self’ nature can hide. In the broad daylight of waiting, however, ‘self’ has no place to go. It will come out with a vengeance when we try to wait on God or show any faith in Jesus.
‘Self is addicted to the ‘do’, pushing us to action, trusting in man, becoming our own savior. ‘Self’ does not trust in anything but itself. Spirit rests in the ‘be’, knowing that God is our Savior and is completely trustworthy. Spirit rests in Him and waits for His lead. Think that waiting on God is easy? Try it. Settle yourself down to wait on God and see how long you last. As long as you think you can wait, God will always make you wait longer. Why? He isn’t cruel, but He wants you to learn that when you wait on Him, He will come to you. Not on your timetable but His. Remember that He is a sovereign being and you are to serve Him, not the other way around.
Waiting is the hardest lesson we will be called to endure but is key to our spiritual maturity. When you can learn to wait on the Father, resisting the wailing of your ‘self’ to just ‘do’ something, you will find a peace you have not known before. Today, as you are busy with all the activities of life, think on this. Take time to wait on God. Leave it open ended. Don’t put a time limit on Him; just wait. You will find a reward you never expected and a lesson you’ll never forget.
Homer and Wanda