WAITING ON GOD
“The Bible was written in tears and to tears it will yield its treasures. God has nothing to say to the frivolous man.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer
“Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31 (TLB)
Charles Swindoll tells us this story:
A number of years ago, not far from the house where my wife and I lived for twenty-three years in Fullerton, California, a large section of a tree fell to the ground. The grand tree was one of the landmarks that gave our neighborhood its dignity and character plus a touch of charm.
Nobody saw it happen . . . but within minutes, several of us had gathered to grieve the loss. Those once sturdy branches full of leaves spread awkwardly across the sidewalk. As I stood there staring in disbelief, the thought struck me, this didn’t just happen . . . it’s been in process for a long time.
No tree suddenly breaks apart and plunges to the ground.
We tree-lovers had no way of knowing until it was too late. Once we were able to see beneath the thick bark and inside the tree through the break, it was obvious that some kind of killer disease had been at work. Slowly, silently, secretly, deep within the core of that tall and handsome timber, an erosion had been underway— an erosion which could not remain hidden forever.
Within a couple of hours, the city workers arrived in their orange trucks filled with heavy equipment; they had everything cut up, swept up, and whisked away in no time. Cleaning up after a fallen tree is a rather quick and efficient matter. Not so with a fallen life.
Swindoll, Charles R. (2011-08-01). Meet Me in the Library: Readings from Eight Writers Who Shaped My Life (Kindle Locations 452-462). IFL Publishing House. Kindle Edition.
– Am I busy?
– Am I preoccupied in the things of this life?
– Have I deliberately taken time on several occasions this year for personal restoration?
– Is my devotion to God more earnest as the days go by or am I now drifting?
– Are my meals choked down or do I take sufficient time to taste and enjoy my food?
– Is God being glorified by the schedule I keep… or is he getting the leftovers of my energy?
A friend of D. L. Moody once said:
It is because your life is so hurried. You do not take time enough for meditation and prayer. The Spirit of God within you and the Presence of God without you cannot be discerned while the senses are occupied with pleasure, or the pulse beats quickly, or the brain is filled with the tread of many hurrying thoughts. It is when water stands that it becomes clear and reveals the pebbly beach below. Be still, and know that God is within you and around you. In the hush of the soul the unseen becomes visible and the eternal real. The eye dazzled by the sun cannot detect the beauties of its pavilion till it has had time to rid itself of the glare. Let no day pass without its season of silent waiting before God.
[These are F. B. Meyer’s words.]
A child of God needs to learn to wait for God in his life. As he matures in God’s love he begins to become aware that his life is not about seeking his own dreams and fulfilling his own ambitions. It is about discovering what God has prepared in advance for him to do. The point of everything is that God might bring him to spiritual maturity which is Christ-likeness. It is the very reason why he needs to wait upon him always. He is not his own; he is bought with a price.
The works that we share with God in his vineyard are things that we do not do on our own strength or power. We do them by the power of his Holy Spirit who is at work in us.