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Friday, January 25, 2013

Waiting

There have been a number of times in this blog that I have written on waiting, the word shows up about 42 times since we started.  This morning I was reading in Psalm 40:1 – 3, the waiting thing came up again.  I suppose that it grabs my attention because waiting is not something I do well.  I prefer to move, act, do, fix, engage… verbs that describe me are more action than state of being.  In Psalm 40:1, David made is worse for me.  He stated that he waited “patiently,”  Right.  One who has challenges waiting, is really going to respond well to waiting patiently…
Waiting is not my strong suit... especially waiting patiently...
There is much more in these three verses than we have room for here.  I commend them to you for your meditation, but a couple of thing – first, waiting patiently is an acknowledgement of my position before God.  He is the creator of the universe.  I am His servant, He is not mine.  It is contentment in my situation before Him.  It reminds me that I am a living sacrifice in worship of Him, Romans 12:1 -2.

Second, He does not answer for my benefit.  He answers so that others will be drawn to Him when they see His grace and mercy toward me, Psalm 40:3b.  Sometimes, no probably most times, I get that backwards.  My issues press in on me and I want results, move, act, fix… on my terms, when I “need” them fixed.  Waiting patiently reorients my heart to what is really important.

It is a real struggle, at least for me.

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