(Psalm 40:1) “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
If we are honest with ourselves, many of us would say that it is hard waiting on God. We pray to God for many specific needs and desires; and many times we look for an immediate response to answer to our petition to God. When God does not answer our petition immediately, we get impatient and move on the request in our own way, thinking that we can help God in this matter.
When do we stop trying to be in control and let God be God? If God said it, He will do it – as it is written:
(Jer. 1:12) “Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
(Gen 26:3) “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;”
(Jer. 11:5) “That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD.”
In each one of these oaths, God kept His Word. But they all had to patiently wait on this being performed to them by God, in His time. Our attitude toward God should be the same as Jeremiah’s, “…so be it, O LORD.”
To not take God at His Word is the same as doubt; and to doubt God’s Word is to not trust in God’s Word. If you do not trust God, you a placing Him on the same level ground as man. Man will lie to you; God will not lie:
(Num. 23:19) “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
God honors His Word. He honors it so that He put its above His Name: (Psa 138:2) “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
God is not slack concerning His promises, He is faithful and He does keep His Word. God’s Word is steadfast and sure, as silver purified in the fire seven times, (Psa 12:6) “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
I encourage all who read this devotion to wait patiently on the Lord. Whatever you are praying and asking God for; wait on the Lord. We can easily get discouraged if we take our eyes off God and focus on what our circumstance may be; but (Isa 40:31) tells us, “ 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 last thing we must not do is get ahead of God. We surely don’t want to find ourselves trying to “help God” keep His Word; and make the mistake like Abraham and Sarah did when God told them that He would give them a son (see Genesis 15:1-4; 16:1-16; 18:1-15; 21:1-34), and they took it upon themselves to get a son by their own thinking (which cost them not only great sorrow; but has cost every generation since then).
Be still, and let God be God. Hold to His promises and wait patiently, as He performs His Oath to you.