Wait on the Lord

Psalm 27:14 (ESV) – Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

This post may create more questions than it answers.  But please hear me out, especially those of you who lack courage in the moment.

Waiting is hard.  It takes a tremendous amount of strength. That’s what this verse from our psalm for prayer for this week is teaching us.  It may seem like you are being weak when you are waiting.  But waiting and strength are tied together in this verse.

Almost 3 dozen times throughout the Scriptures, God exhorts his people to be strong.  I must confess, that doesn’t seem like very much.  At least not as much as it seems like we need to be reminded. I often get weak minded, and rush ahead, stumbling and bumbling along, making things worse than they need to be. All because I wasn’t strong enough to simply wait on the Lord.

Yet we have good reasons to wait on the Lord. First of all, it’s through waiting on the Lord that we find the necessary strength to wait on the Lord.  There’s always enough strength to begin to wait.  Your justification and regeneration assure you of that.  And in beginning to wait on the Lord, he continually provides you with enough strength to keep waiting on the Lord. Keep taking the next right step. That’s what faith enables a person to do.

Another reason to wait on the Lord is simply because he exists.  He’s the living God, the source of all there is. And he rewards those who wait on him simple because they believe he is the living God, the one who exists and made all things (Hebrews 11:1-6).

If God is who he says he is in his Word, then the chances of him creating the world are 100%.  Further, the chances of him continually ruling and reigning providentially over the universe he has created are still 100%.  And the chances of him ruling and reigning for my good are 100%.  If God is who he says he is.  Consider an alternative.  If the universe came into existence by random chance according to a naturalistic perspective, with no “interference” from an intelligent designer, then what are the odds that you have a real reason worth living for?  The Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle once estimated that the odds of life evolving from non-life are 1 x 10 to the 40,000th power.  I understand that any odds over 1 x10 to the 50th power are considered statistically impossible.  I don’t even have a way to estimate what the odds would be that random chance could not only produce a physical universe but then also create a transcendent purpose for my life except that it would be a lot bigger than statistically impossible.

Now, you can either do things your own way in your own time as if those numbers reflect reality and you were responsible for your own purpose, or you can stake your eternal destiny and your myriad of temporal choices on the odds that God is the author of reality, of your life, and of your life’s purpose.  And if God is the author of all these things, then he has a plan and he is worth waiting for. And in waiting for him, you find strength to keep waiting until he makes his plans clear for you while you keep walking on those ways he’s already made clear. 

This is not a call for passivity. It is a call to actively do what God has called you to do, and in some ways, that means waiting on him and finding in him the strength to keep on waiting.

Remember, Jesus died, rose again, and ever lives that you might be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, that you might wait on the Lord.  He ever lives to intercede for you to this end.  He can and will save you to the uttermost.  So be strong, my dear friend, and wait.  Wait on the Lord, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.