A Closer Walk
At times we might run ahead of the Lord. Like an impatient child, we might run ahead while looking back and exclaiming, "Hurry up Daddy!". As humans, and especially as Americans living in a drive through world, we can be impatient; unwilling to wait. A sister in Christ said recently that based on her personal experience, God rewards patience. Does being patient, or waiting on the Lord, bring a reward?
The Old Testament prophet Micah seems to think so. “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me,” Micah 7:7 NASB. Micah says he will watch expectantly. Why? Because he knows that his God will hear him. He chooses to wait for the God of his salvation. Why? Because he knows he will be rewarded with an answer to his prayer. Please notice, Micah says he will watch expectantly. He expects to receive an answer. Will he receive that answer today? Maybe. Maybe not. Our God's timing is different than our own. But he watches expectantly, knowing he will be rewarded with an answer. Because of his diligent watching, he is less likely to miss God's answer when it does arrive.
Another Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, expresses a similar belief. His heart broken because of the destruction of his beloved city Jerusalem, he cries out in his grief, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the Lord,” Lamentations 3:25-26 NASB. Clearly and plainly Jeremiah says that the Lord rewards with good those who wait for Him. He rewards the person who seeks Him.
A Psalm from David continues the theme. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him,” Psalm 62:5 NASB. During our waiting, we may be rewarded with extra hope. Because our hope is in the Lord above. Another Psalm of David adds, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord,” Psalm 27:14 NASB. This Psalm encourages us to be strong while we wait. It also directs us to take courage. Is this courage a reward from the Lord also?
Our Heavenly Father usually works behind the scenes. Occasionally, He may choose to do something spectacular. But for most of us, most of the time, our experience has been that our God works quietly, unknown to us, and unseen by us. Then when His time is right, our answer arrives. We have no idea what needed to be accomplished, or what had to be brought about, so that the stage could be set properly for the arrival of our answer.
Micah the prophet tells us to wait on the Lord expectantly. Jeremiah directs us to wait silently. The Psalmist David guides us to wait for God only, because our hope is from Him. David further tells us that while we are waiting, we are to be strong, and we are to let our hearts take courage.
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us, “ Psalm 62:5-8 NASB.