If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people. – Charles Spurgeon
“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6
Every devoted Christ-follower is aching for an inside-out kind of change. He wants to be more patient, more gentle, more kind, more forgiving, more loving, more prayerful, more obedient— more, more, more Christlikeness! All throughout the Christian life, the Holy Spirit creates this kind of holy longing for change. Failure to see this inside-out kind of change creates so much discouragement and frustration, even tempting a Christian to give up and give in! And what is God’s answer for this cry to be made more like Christ? He commands us to WAIT.
Waiting for change can be frustrating, very humbling, and at times painful, but it need not steal our joy and confidence in God’s amazing grace! We simply have to remove our eyes from ourselves, from all our flaws and weaknesses–and shift our focus to the One Who alone can change us.
I love the way D. Westry, a Master Speed Painter wowed all the people who watched him in Anderson’s Viewers Got Talent competition. Take a few minutes to watch him and observe the reaction of Anderson Cooper and the rest of the judges:
God is the Master Artist of our souls. Many times, we want to see the beauty of His work in our lives, yet He tells us to wait. And the whole time we are waiting, people may judge, laugh or scorn, while we wait in confusion. “What are you trying to do Lord? I really don’t understand it”!
But just like D. Westry, God knows what He is doing. He’s not affected by what people are saying. His concentration is in the details of His masterpiece, and time is nothing for Him–for He is the Master Artist.
We all long for change- but the one kind of change that God wants us to set our hearts unto is the sweet change in our relationship with Him. As we wait for God to finish His amazing and beautiful work in us, let’s remember what Oswald Chambers said:
“Christian perfection is not, and never can be, human perfection. Christian perfection is the perfection of a relationship with God that shows itself to be true even amid the seemingly unimportant aspects of human life.”
When the agony of waiting for that Christlike perfection only Heaven can reveal intensifies, remember this old song–and it will refresh your heart that God indeed is faithful!
He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He’ll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you
If the struggle you’re facing
Is slowly replacing your hope
Or the process is long
And you’re losing your song
In the night
You can be sure that the Lord
Has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And He finds His pleasure in you