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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Learning to Wait On God and His Faithful Timing

In review of Lamentations 3:25-26 it says, “The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, so it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us.”

Bottom Line:
God is good to those who trust in him, so be patient for his timing.

What this means to me:
God is kind to those who trust and obey him. It is good for me to hope and wait quietly. He will provide the right outcome at the right time.

It will be important for me when things in life seem to be falling apart, or not going my way or in my timing, for me to get alone with God, and simply wait on Him.

Verse 28 in Lamentations further explains that, “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst” (Lamentations 3:28 MSG).

In today’s culture it hard to know how to “enter the silence.” I’m always anxious and I don’t like to wait on God because it causes me stress us out. I’d rather be in control and make things happen when I think they need to happen. I’m use to microwaving food instead of taking the time to cook it on the stove.

However, to wait on God means that I sit down, close my mouth, and just listen to Him. It’s ok to read His Word, and I may pray; but most all, I just need to be quiet in front of God.

Jeremiah tells us that anxiety comes when we’re not “waiting for hope to appear,” God wants to talk to me. He wants to give me the hope I crave. But often I’m way too busy. To use a phone analogy, all of my circuits are busy or when he calls, or I’m on a different line.

If I want to listen to God and experience the hope he has for me, then I need to get alone with him. I must “enter the silence” and be ready to hear him.

Jesus also said this same thing in Matthew 6:6: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (MSG).

When I can get honest with God, my focus will shift from just seeing my problem, no matter how overwhelming it seems, to the grace of God.

Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, so it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us” (GNT).

Before I go out and try to solve problems on my own, give God the opportunity to save me. So no matter what obstacle I might facing, I've got to wait for God’s timing. He’ll time my next move perfectly. So wait and listen.

In summary, Lamentations chapter 3 is all about learning to put one’s hope in God’s Faithfulness. My own rebellion will often lead me down the wrong path resulting in actions and outcomes I don’t like. Also, just because I have accepted Christ as my leader doesn't mean that I will never face difficulties or experience undeserved oppression. It is important for me to focus and put my hope in God. God is faithful and will never turn his back on me.  What I need to learn and appreciate is that he does things in his timing, not mine. His timing will always be for my best interests. So it is best for me to wait in patience knowing his faithfulness and love will provide what I need. This is applicable to me today, as we put our home up on the market. I need to wait on God’s timing for the buyer he wants to have this home. I need to know be anxious about selling it. I’ll need to be silent, spend time with Him and wait for his timing.