Sitting with the Shepherd
"I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry." (Psalms 40:1 NKJV)
What you do, do well. Work faithfully in My vineyard. I will be your reward. Write, read, sing, mourn, keep silence, pray, and bear hardships like a man. Eternal life is worth all these and greater battles. Peace will come on a day which is known to the Lord, and then there shall be no day or night as at present but perpetual light, infinite brightness, lasting peace, and safe repose. (Emphasis mine)
Thomas à Kempis. (1996). The Imitation of Christ (p. 194). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.
Waiting and patience never seem to come easy for us. That is not surprising because a person driven by the flesh to achieve great things is naturally anxious to see results. But the person who in traffic passes our vehicle at great risk to himself and everyone else only to be waiting at the next traffic signal, demonstrates the futility of going through this life at breakneck speed. So as we grow older, the Spirit of God within us helps us to better understand the need to pace ourselves for a healthier life. We learn that although there appears to be so much to do, everything doesn't have to be done this instant, or by ourselves alone.
Now in saying all of that, there are some people that are very difficult to wait for because we are uncertain of whether they will ever get the task we are waiting for accomplished at all. We can be grateful that waiting for our Heavenly Father is not like that at all. What He has promised in His word will be accomplished for certain. There is absolutely no doubt about it at all. The plan that He has for our lives is part of a much bigger plan for the entire universe. We can be sure of that because He put it in writing in His book, the Bible, and had it preserved down through the ages. Even at that, intellectual knowledge is not sufficient, we need more. And He knows that so He has given us His Holy Spirit to confirm it in our hearts. We need personal affirmation and so our Father provides that affirmation along with all of our other needs.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:15-17 NKJV) (Emphasis mine)
So as we wait patiently we never have to wait alone or wonder if our waiting will be in vain.
It will not do for the believer to simply say, "I rest upon Scripture, and upon the Word of God." He must not be satisfied without experientially having the comfort of the Holy Spirit. ….And is not the Holy Spirit to be, to the believer, the evidence and witness of our new place and of the actual relationship in which we stand to God our Father? Of course. The Holy Spirit feeds the new creation, comforts him, minister to him, and unfolds the beauties and glories of Christ to him. These things are to be known, and if you do not know them, you have need to know them. W. T. P. WOLSTON
Harrison, Nick (2010-12-21). His Victorious Indwelling: Daily Devotions for a Deeper Christian Life (p. 350). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Why is waiting patiently such a difficult thing for most of us to do?
2. How is waiting on God different from waiting on men?
3. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the waiting process?
My Father in heaven, my God in Whom I trust, blessed be Your Holy Name. I confess that there are times that I find the waiting process to be a difficult one, especially when I am walking in the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit. Grant me the patience, by Your grace to glorify You in the process of waiting, knowing that my future in Christ is certain. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit Who comforts and affirms Your Presence and assures my inheritance in Christ. Amen