God Wants You to Wait on Him
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." (Psalm 27:14)
You probably know what it is like to wait for something. Maybe you wait for the bus to come and take you to school, you wait in lines when you go shopping, you wait for the school year to end and for the summer to come, you count down the days until Christmas, and you cannot wait to be old enough. Sometimes when you are waiting, you become impatient. You want everything to happen right now! But your timing is not always the best.
The Bible says that God, your Heavenly Father, knows what is best for His people (Jeremiah 29:11). God knows everything. He knows your past, present, and future. He knows exactly when you need something, and He knows the best time to give it to you. He knew the best time to give Abraham his promised son (Genesis 21), He knew the best time to bring Joseph into Pharaoh's court (Genesis 40-41), and He knew the best time to send the long-awaited Messiah to provide salvation for lost people (John 1). He knows what is best for you and asks you to wait for Him.
But sometimes it is hard to wait. Maybe you are waiting for your broken leg to heal, so you can play sports again. Maybe you are waiting for God to heal your mom from a serious illness. Maybe you are waiting for God to provide your dad a job. You pray and ask God to heal your leg, to heal your mom, or to provide your dad a job, but God does not seem to answer. He is asking you to wait. He is asking you to trust that He knows what is best and will do what is best for you. Wait on the LORD and trust Him.
God's timing is always best, and we should wait on the LORD.
» What am I waiting for the LORD to do?
» Do I trust the LORD to do what's best and to answer in His timing?
» Am I angry with God making me wait? Do I need to confess my sin of anger?
Truth In Real Life
“To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”
Fanny Jane Crosby was born in southeast New York on March 24, 1820. When she was just six months old, she got a cold in her eyes that had to be taken care of by a doctor. The doctor made a terrible mistake that cost Fanny Crosby her eyesight for the rest of her life. It was later learned that the doctor was not really a doctor at all, and not qualified to do medical work. Before he could be arrested, however, he left town, never to be heard from again. But there are no mistakes with God. Fanny once said,
“Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind...for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.”
When Fanny was a child, her mother introduced her to the Bible. As a result, Fanny’s life changed completely. She began writing poems about Jesus Christ. Although she was blind, Fanny Crosby “saw” 8,000 of her poems set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs published. She wrote up to seven hymns a day. Over the years, she used as many as 200 pen names so that the public would not realize she was writing so much. Once in a while, she would hear a hymn that she liked and would ask someone who had written the words. Often, she would be surprised to be reminded that she herself was actually the writer!
Fanny Crosby wrote hymns such as “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “To God Be the Glory.” From an early age, she determined to rejoice in her limitations and the gifts she did have. When she was 8 years old, she wrote these words: “Oh what a happy soul am I! Although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be.”
Are you content with your life right now? What do you think you need in order to be happy? God has given you everything you need!
1 Timothy 6:8 – And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.