Waiting on the Lord

“The steps of a good [righteous] man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 32:23).

Waiting on the Lord. I am in one of those holding periods in life, awaiting my next work assignment. I am perpetually a wanderer, landing on shores unfamiliar to me by routes unknown to me.  As I look back over my past transitions, it is clear that my carefully imagined, stressed-over plans for my material life were never fully realized–and when things materialized approximating my intended result, it was never on my terms or my timing. My career changes, from teacher/coach to financial advisor, to investment branch manager, to Wall Street regional vice president, to marketing executive, have been uneven, unequal, and even, at times, uncalled for or unwanted. I’ve moved from New York to Florida to South Carolina to Florida to Colorado to Texas. 

 I’ve also wandered from serving the Lord. While I have always believed (as do the demons and Satan himself !), there have been huge periods of time where I was without faith and worship, spiritually adrift, in and out of the church of my childhood, without a church at all, back to traditional church, and finally, mercifully, summoned by the Father and delivered into the hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.


 “No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)

 

 

My belief and religious efforts were not enough; could never be enough I now understand. God had to reach down and shake me by my foundations, break my pride, shine the mirror of His Law on me and lead me to repent and acknowledge Him as both Saviour and Lord–a Lord who commands us to obey His Law and conform to His will.

 

Now I await Him and my next calling. His path will open to me,I am sure, but in what way and when, I do not know. He has already made the important and decisive moves–leading me out of my old self into a new creation. What I originally thought was  deliverance from a debilitating “environment” of work and life, I now recognize was  reshaping of my own heart. it wasn’t the outside that needed changing; it was my own self that needed radical transformation. That came through the trifecta of salvation, regeneration and sanctification. My regeneration has created in me a clean heart, renewed my spirit, and begun to make known to me God’s promises to deliver those things I seek. He has put me into the hands of a wise and loving wife, and into the embrace of a caring church that humbly calls upon the name of our merciful Lord and Saviour. He has led me through the narrow gate to follow Him down the hard way. What I could never do, He has decided for me and promised me:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

The wait is not totally in the dark. We know from the Word what truths lie ahead. To take up one’s cross and follow Jesus is not a promise of easy living, fast money, and an instant circle of friends and supporters.The Lord must purify us, refine us as gold in a fire, and prepare us for His service and His kingdom. If we go back to the epistle of James, we can harken to the lesson that ‘trials produce benefits.’ Trials may be beneficial when they are: corrective, constructive, glorifying to God, and/or demonstrative of our trust in God.

 

Corrective: Sometimes we fall back onto our own plans, our own power, our own thinking. Stinkin’ thinkin’ I like to call it. The Lord wants us to stick to His plan!

 
“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”(Amos 3:7)

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11)


Constructive: We are impatient, and want our calendars filled in completely and way in advance. Patience requires waiting on the Lord to work in us in His own good time.

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7)

“All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.” (Job 14:14)

 

Glorifying: What the Lord plans for us is always glorifying to Him and His kingdom, even if it means apparent and real suffering, humiliation, and setbacks for us in the world. The very reason we live is not for ourselves but to give glory to God.


“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name.” (Psalm 29:2)


“Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD;in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD.” (Isaiah 24:15)


“Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.” (Acts 12:23)

Rewarding: Our reward is that by yielding to the yoke of Christ, conforming ourselves to His will, we will enjoy Him forever. That’s not just an ordinary earthly reward; that’s an eternal reward!


“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Trust in God, not the self: By enduring trials and tests, we can earnestly thank God for who He is, not just for the good things He does for us. It’s all about Him– especially in the valleys, for He is with us.

 “Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 106:1)

As we all wait on the Lord, we can be assured He is working on us and in us: for me He is imparting lessons on patience, humility, selflessness, trust in Him, and in His plan for my life. He is refining each one of us for service. And that commission to serve God is never over and is never perfectly fulfilled by any man except the God become Man, Jesus Christ. So I wait: imperfect, humble, anxious, excited, praying for strength and trusting in Him.


“I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'”(Lamentations 3:24)

  

 

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  1. This is beautiful, Will. Truly, absolutely beautiful. Whatever happens, I will be right here next to you, waiting on the Lord with you. How very, very blessed I am to have been given you as my husband. God has been so good to us.

    I wait with you in happy anticipation for whatever the Lord has in store for us to do or wherever He leads us to go.

    “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” ~Joshua 24:15

  2. In everything give thanks; for this is the ‘will of God’ in Christ Jesus for you…(1 Thes. 5:17)

    Wherever He leads you two, I’ll be standing on the sidelines rooting for you, cheering you both on, fully confident that our Lord has each and every step of the way carefully planned – for His glory and your benefit. God is good like that!


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