Wait upon the Lord

March 2, 2010

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” 

Psalm 27:14

            I believe it is a natural temptation for the saints to not wait on God.  The fallen earth is overwhelmed with constant temptation, sin and persecution of any and all sorts for those who belong to Jesus Christ.  If we do not wait, we think that we will miss out on what God has.  If we wait too long, we think that we must have missed something great that God may have had in store for those who love Him. 

            Consider Jesus in the gospels; He not only had to wait thirty years as the God-Man for the fulfillment of His public ministry to speak the most perfect words of wisdom and truth ever spoken and indeed the words of eternal life;  but also foreseeing and knowing the eternal decree of being nailed to the cross and utterly forsaken by His Father.  The agony of the perfect Savior being merely separated from the father is an unutterable thought.  For all He knew prior to this was perfect glorified love and harmony with the Father in all eternity past.   To be the Lord of Lords and have all things subject to his power and might in infinite humility,  He had decreed from eternity past to subject Himself into the hands of sinners at a particular moment in time in our created sinful world.   He who was never bound by time was now bound by time and sinners in His own providence.  Fathom the perfect patience of the sinless Savior who has fulfilled law to the last letter in His own body, yet still bound by time when it was not yet time for Him to become the dreaded curse that would set us free from sin and death (Gal. 3:13, John 7:6).

David had this in mind.  “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; Of Whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.  Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident (v.1-3).”  So it was with Christ in His perfect consecration with the Father.  As the enemies pursued and persecuted Him with envy and hatred, He was not thwarted in any minimal sense because of His perfect obedience to the will of God the Father who is sovereign over all things.  He came to die for the sins of the world and thus fulfilled prophecy, obedience and perfect knowledge to execute the glorious task of redemption and providing the new covenant with His own blood. 

            While the saints do not have perfect knowledge, we do have the revelation that God chooses to provide out of mere grace in His infallible Word.  In our case, we have the Scriptures themselves to testify that Jesus Christ took our sin, sickness and death upon Himself as He hung in our place at Calvary.  Because of His sacrifice, the wrath of God was completely satisfied and we now have peace with Him.  While the saints do become weary and distrustful that will God not come through for them because of indwelling sin, we have a tendency to overeagerly desire to know things of current that may or may not come to pass.  We seek to know about tomorrow that still may not come.  It is good and right to seek God’s will in all things.  But it is better that we do not worry about our lives and obey His commands.  It is better that once we are healed, we do not fall back into grievous sin that separates us from this harmony as the man with the infirmity at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:12).   

            While He may not reveal to us today what is to be done tomorrow, if you belong to Jesus Christ, no circumstance, event or catastrophe can ever pluck you from His hands.  Whether you live today or die tomorrow, if you belong to Jesus Christ, it does not change your eternal status with God because He imputes to you His life and righteousness.  Whether we seek His wisdom in some specific matter today or tomorrow, if we belong to Jesus Christ, we must know that He delivers us from our ultimate enemy, which is the second death.    No matter what the will of God is tomorrow, it is His will that we worship Him today and put away sin so that we may live.  He will then, by His gracious holy spirit, reveal specific matters to you tomorrow if it indeed comes.

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,” whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’  But now you boast in your arrogance.  All such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:13-17).”

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