“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psa. 27:14)
In these times of great distress among the nations and the world in upheaval we must remember to “Wait on the Lord”.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matt. 24:6)
As we see the end of this age drawing near we tend to be inpatient and want the Lord to return right now. We must remember though that God has his timetable for events to happen and we must accept this and continue to do His work. God is in control and as events unfold we will see His hand at work. He will give us the courage to go on. This is a time for us to draw closer to Him spiritually. We must pray constantly and search the scriptures continually for His encouragement and instruction. God does not want us to be afraid or impatient. He wants to use us to do His work and we are to wait for Him to do His.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” (Psa. 37:34)
We have a wonderful and loving God. He is working events out as He has foretold in the scriptures. We must watch them unfold as He has planned. Through it all we are not to be afraid. Our God is a faithful God. His ways are just. He will not forsake us.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deut. 31:6)
What a comfort these words are. We have a wonderful God who has sent His Holy Spirit to live in us and live through us. To give us comfort when we need to be comforted and to inspire us when we need to do His work. We only get into trouble when we try to do our own will and not His will. Through all that is happening we must listen for the Lord’s direction. We must obey His commandments and watch and pray.
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation, on thee do I wait all the day.” (Psa. 25:5)
Our faithful God is infinitely more patient than we are. To us the world is in such a mess that we cannot understand why the Lord is waiting to return and destroy His enemies. Our Lord is asking us to be patient. He wants us to increase our faith and not grow weary. We must not conform to the world but stay strong in our faith.
This time just before Jesus Christ’s return is filled with disharmony, tension, uncertainty, false teaching, etc. It is a time of great darkness and a great falling away. We should be in constant prayer that we be not deceived. Our hope and faith is in the Lord and we wait longingly for His soon return.
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Rom. 8:24-26)
The Lord knows ours hearts. He knows how we groan and moan over the events that are happening in our world. He wants to give us peace and to let us know that He is our hope and our comfort. We must let the Holy Spirit speak to us and let ourselves be comforted.
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psa. 62:1-2)
As things continue to grow worse and worse in our world we know that the Lord’s return draws nearer and nearer. This is a time to draw closer to Him. Our goal should be to live a more spiritual life and a less worldly life. Our Lord is speaking to us. We must make sure we are listening!