The Weight of Waiting
Waiting patiently on the Lord is not an easy task, especially when one’s situation is difficult. It is tempting to worry and rush to decisions because it seems the Lord has turned away. Why else would He allow illness, pain or family problems to endure? Or, one may feel as if he or she is stuck in rut, performing the same tasks day after day. Surely, this is not the life you were meant to live. Relax. Although your circumstance is trying, you may be right where the Lord wants you at this moment.
In Psalm 40: 1 – 3, David writes: “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
No one who has waited for the Lord has lived to regret it, but those who lean to their own understanding and make decisions based solely on their limited views often find themselves jumping from the frying pan right into the fire. We are to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12, NIV).
Whatever situation you find yourself in today, keep your faith in the Lord. Resist the temptation to give in to your state or rely solely on yourself. Remember the words of Jesus to His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” (John 14:1, NIV)