Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Right now, right now?

Psalm 27:14 (NASB) [My Wife's favorite verse]

"Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord."

Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Instant gratification. That seems to be what everyone wants these days. Staying connected to information channels to get the latest “status” update from their friends 24/7 on their smart phones. Instant downloads of books to e-reader devices, instant download of almost any TV show or movie available on line for our viewing pleasure. Everywhere we go: fast food, express check-in, express lane, fast, fast, fast, rapid rewards, and quickie lube. We want what we want, and we want it NOW.

What ever happened to waiting for something? Doesn’t anyone remember being told by a parent/grandparent, “the waiting is what makes it special”?

Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to wait. We are taught to seek patience. I want to experience the "special" that God has for me. I want to wait for His best not rush off and do it my way. The Amplified Bible has this verse as follows:

Psalm 27:14 (AMP)
"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."
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

There is more to it than just waiting; it involves an expectancy that God will act.

Waiting involves faith.
Is my faith big enough to be patient? The patience has a reward (and I like prizes):

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
"But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." 
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

So just like the psalmist said, wait and be strong.

Standing order:
Healing from the colon cancer and metastasized liver.
Complete reconciliation with my wife.
Health and safety of my children.

Safe travels for wife back to her parents' home.
Daughter's broken tooth and pending repair (that Wife can find Dentist on our insurance and cost not too crazy).
Medical bills which are accumulating (that I can return to work to pay these).
My personal/spiritual growth.


  1. Focused intensity over time plus God equals unstoppable momentum
    there I said it again!

  2. Yep, used it on "Make Every Effort." Thanks, I get it and appreciate it, now to just apply it daily.