As the H/G: the Spirit of discerning opens up to us, we realize how much people everywhere are struggling. People are finding it difficult to pay their mortgage – they feel as if they are going to lose their homes. Students feel pressured to meet financial deadlines for tuition, school supplies and exams – they feel as if they will fail and/or drop out of their educational programs. Marriages appear to fail; some spouses refuse to compromise. Joblessness appears to prevail. Children are on the run to smoke ‘pot’ engage in illicit behaviors – they appear wild, careless. Those who have no documents are feeling as if it’s better to cut and run. You see, the mind becomes entangled with thoughts of distress, discouragement, depression and failure and pushes the body to tug along with its feelings of hopelessness. The body then begins to feel weak, sick and diseased. Fear creeps in and covers the entire atmosphere where you live, where you work and even where you worship. If you are not careful, you are lured into taking matters in your own hands and hell be your portion because the devil has successfully built himself strongholds from which he can operate and control you.
The WOG comes to us this morning to cheer us and bring us great hope. “Wait on the LORD, be of good courage and He will strengthen thine heart; wait I say on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). This passage is so enlightening, so encouraging. Here it is instructing us to refrain from dealing with matters on our own and by ourselves. Just wait. Wait on the Lord and, while you are waiting, be of good courage. According to one online dictionary, Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation; strength in the face of pain or grief. So, the Lord wants us exercise faith and strength when we are faced with temptations; when the enemy comes in to destroy us, the Lord wants us to standfast and not worry. “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal 5:1). In other words, while you wait sing songs of praise; dance before the Lord; be happy; never allow your mind to give into feelings instead let your mind rejoice in faith – faith knowing that God who has promised us is faithful. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:23.
I remember when my daughter was about 4/5 years old. I had told her one night to go to bed, but she was up doing all kinds of things. She was not getting in my way, preventing me from completing tasks. Instead, she was happy & busy drawing and writing. I was up sewing while I waited for her father to arrive home. When she heard the car pulled up in the driveway, with the greatest expectation, she ran to her father as he came into the Living Room. Only then did I know why she was so happy waiting – she had asked her dad for something, and she had trusted him to bring it home and he did. When I enquired further, I learned that this was a regular occurrence; I just did not know about it because it was their little secret.
Listen, God will never ever disappoint us. He simply asks us to wait on Him and while waiting – do not be sad, don’t be discouraged, don’t murmur or complain, don’t worry because He will come through for you. Today, whatever you have prayed for, please believe with all your heart that you have it and wait happily for it!