Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 AMP
Ever since listening to “The Two are One,” I’ve been mulling and chewing and asking about what it is to wait for the Lord. I absolutely can’t get over just how active waiting is, how full of anticipation and wonder it is! And I see more clearly than ever just where I drop the ball when it comes to waiting on God.
Short answer? I think that I know how God thinks and what He will do to fulfill His Word and His promises. I really think that I have a good bead on the mind of the Most High, even when He’s given me no particulars. I simply cannot tell you how many times the Holy Spirit brings me the following correction: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:9). It’s happened so often that I don’t even have the energy to be embarrassed any more!
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!”
2 Corinthians 1:20a NLT
God is not a man, that He should lie…
Numbers 23:19a KJV
God doesn’t lie, so if He says that all of His promises are fulfilled in Christ, then that’s the truth. I believe this. This is the truth and I cling to it. Where I get in trouble is when I go beyond that and begin to speculate on all the ways in which the promise could be fulfilled. And then I keep those ways in mind and cast around looking for the confirmation to my speculations, as if they’re the only options for God. There isn’t a word with enough punch to contain such unapologetically ignorant arrogance. There’s a very good reason that the Holy Spirit brings me certain scriptures again and again and again!
Considering how very little I understand about the complexities of our universe, you’d think I’d be comfortable with the idea that the Mind of its Creator is likewise beyond my ken. Well, you’d be wrong! The primary death for me when I wait on the Lord is the reality that I don’t know what, when, who or how He’s going to do what He says He’ll do. And unless He tells me, I cannot know. I know only that He WILL do what He promised. I know what He promises and I KNOW that He’s coming. And when I finally let go of my illusions of knowledge and control, I can receive the divine anticipation and wonder at His what and when and who and how.
I never knew that waiting could be peaceful, and I certainly didn’t think it could be such a lively thing. It is a sometimes-electric anticipation of the utterly unknown, like running toward the horizon and watching it expand ever outward as the very world you inhabit broadens further than your imagination. I am waiting for the outlandish gifts of the Father, and I’m being brought to the bliss that only comes in accepting the reality of my ignorance.