Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
Meditation: Most of us are not very good at waiting. We are accustomed to convenient living. If something seems to be taking a long time, we assume that something went wrong. However sometimes learning to wait is greater than the reward of what we wait upon.
The psalmist understood the value of patiently waiting upon the Lord. Oftentimes God makes us wait to teach us patience and the value of the blessings in store. In fact, I have found that many experiences in this life are most valuable after long preparation and effort with a healthy dose of patience. Whether it is marriage, children, a new house or a garden, all of these things are more valuable to someone who had to wait for them.
One of the greatest blessings is children, and the gestation of a child in the womb is the perfect illustration of the benefit of waiting. Abraham’s wife became a mother very late after decades of hoping against hope for a child. “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).
Certainly we are called the disciples if God are called children for good reason. Like children we were born of the Spirit after much travail and pain on the part of God. Thus we are most fearfully and wonderfully made indeed.
Call to Action: Fill in the blanks: Good things come to those who _ _ _ _. Now read Romans 8:16-25. The Lord has great things for those who endure tribulation. Blessings beyond our understanding and capacity are just over the horizon. Let us then seek first the Kingdom of God filled with righteousness, peace, and joy as we wait for the fulfillment of the promise.