Day 24

WAITING FOR GOD’S ANSWER

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

I hate waiting! Whether it is a line at Six Flags or an email reply or being stuck in traffic—I hate to wait. The main reason is that I want to be where I am going and not where I am. This is a symptom of our age. Hurry is really a byproduct of worry—worry that we will be late; we will miss something; we are wasting time.

What is sad is that we treat our time with God the same way. Henry Blackaby shared that one of the reasons we don’t hear from God is because we do not have an “unhurried time with God” each day.

To wait on the Lord means that we value inactivity before God over activity for God. Lance Witt put it this way, “Incessant activity drains us. In our rush to accomplish much and life to the fullest, we rob ourselves of some of life’s richest moments.” The fact is, when we skip intimacy with God, our busyness will become spiritual barrenness.

As Isaiah 40:31 says, the key to empowerment from God and meaningful activity for God is prayerfully waiting for him and listening intently to Him. Mark Batterson says, “Prayer is the difference between seeking with our physical eyes and seeing with our spiritual eyes. Prayer gives us a God’s–eye view.” Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”

Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” Is your life marked with activity for God or waiting before God?

LIVING OUT GOD’S BEST TODAY
Application of God’s Truth

Slow down and wait on God.  Take time today to take small moments in your day to ask in prayer, “God, what are you saying to me?  I will wait to hear your orders.  You are Lord, guide me.”