Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. Psalm 62: 1-2
Silently waiting for God is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when you have a lot of silly mind talk happening inside your head. I rarely get sick. I’ve been blessed with a strong healthy body all of my life, so on that rare occasion that I do get sick, it shocks me. I spent all of last week stunned, nursing some foolish lymph node infection. Waiting.
Dealing with an illness is difficult on several levels. There’s the physical pain, effects from medication, boredom, frustration, etc. Then to top it off we have to contend with satan and his minions attempting to sow seeds of doubt, confusion and defeat. As born again believers we know our healing is a done deal. (Isaiah 53:5…And by His stripes we are healed.) But that knowledge doesn’t lessen the severity of the moment. We still have to go through what we’re going through. We are forced to do something we’re not accustomed to doing – wait.
Impatience is a trait everyone is born with. It must be programmed into our DNA or something because we all want, what we want when we want it. Anyone who has ever spent time observing children knows this is true. Kids take what they want and are prepared to fight for their right to keep it. Patience must be taught. The majority of us have the rudimentary basics in place when we reach adulthood but as Christians we are expected to expand on the basics. We must reach higher levels in our development of patience because most of the battles between our flesh and our spirits are centered around patience. Because patience is so un-natural.
Waiting on the Lord is referenced several times in the Bible because our heavenly Father knows that on our own, we are ill-equipped to develop the patience of Christ.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength..
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 37:9 ..But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth.
We need the help and guidance of His Holy Spirit to renew our strength. While I’m waiting for my flesh to acknowledge the healing my spirit has already received, I’ve decided to follow the advice of the apostle – to get happy and let patience do her thing.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1: 2-4
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