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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What Do You Do While Waiting on the Lord

In review of Habakkuk 2:1b it says, “I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NLT)

I will climb my watchtower now and wait to see what answer God will give to my complaint.

I will climb my watchtower and wait to see what the Lord will tell me to say and what answer he will give to my complaint.

.I will wait to see what the Lord says
.and how he will answer

.there I will wait to see what the Lord says (I waited for the Lord’s answer) (and wait to see what answer God will give)
.and how he will answer (before explaining the reason for my complaint) (to my complaint) (what answer he will give my complaint)

Bottom Line:
I will wait to see How God answers.

What this means to me:
I will wait to see what the Lord will tell me and what answer he will give to my question.

Yesterday I learned hearing from God starts with a desire and a means to be quiet so that I can hear.  Today, I’ll build upon this.  After I have withdrawn to a quiet place to hear, I need to wait and calm my thoughts and emotions. I need to settle down and wait patiently!

Habakkuk 2:1b says, “I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer” (NLT). This means I should stay put and be still, until you hear from God.

This is important because hurry will be the death of my prayers. Another reason that I may not be hearing from God is because I’m in too much of a hurry. I really want to hear, but hurry it up, I have somewhere I need to be or some task to complete!

What I’m learning is that God will speak to those who will take the time to listen. So in order to hear from God, I need to withdraw to a quiet place away free from distractions, and calm myself and wait.

Also, while I’m waiting there are few things I can do.

First, relax my whole body. When my body relaxes, it will relax my mind. Then I’ll be more open and able to hear God better. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (NIV).

Next, wait quietly. Psalm 62:5 says, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him” (NLT). Overall busyness will ramp up the RPMs in my mind. It gets it going. Waiting quietly allows my engine to cool down.

Then, wait patiently. “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act” (Psalm 37:7). An Inner calm creates the intercom to God. In other words, it makes the connection. When I get quiet, I can focus my mind on God and what he wants to say.

Lastly, wait expectantly. The Bible says in Psalm 130:5, “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised” (TLB). God speaks to people who expect him to speak to them.
God is watching me to see if I’m ready to receive his word. I need to wait quietly and patiently and in expectation of his answer.

As I reflect, I know that relaxing my body and waiting patiently are difficult tasks. It seems I’m always on a tight schedule even though I get up early, I’m feel I’m somewhat rushed to get ready and get to work (never knowing what traffic will do to my commute.) I’m also used to a microwave. I can heat up food in minutes. I’m used to getting things quickly, so waiting is a discipline I need to continue to work on.  I do have some specific things I’m waiting on from God, however, I had already resolved myself to knowing that God will answer them in his own timing. Until then, I just need to learn to relax, be quiet, and be patient. Then do what I know needs to be done until I get new instructions.

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