God’s people face every conceivable situation in life, both good and bad. As to how we should face them, the emphasis of scripture is that we “wait for the Lord.”
Humans are often not very patient. But patience is imperative if we are to survive and prosper.
• Ps. 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
• Ps 37:9 – “...the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”
The thesis for this has been described by an unknown writer: “In Scripture, God consistently rewards those who patiently endure suffering, wait for the fulfillment of His promises, and rest in Him during the storms of life.” We are given several reasons for this patience, including the following three. We should “wait for the Lord:”
1. Because of his providential strength.
• Jeremiah 14:22 – “Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.”
• Acts 14:17 – “... [God] did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
2. Because we can trust in his power.
• Psalm 25:5 – “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
• Psalm 62:1 – “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”
3. Because of the blessings of trust.
• Psalm 40:1, 3-4 – “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. ... He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!”
• We will not be put to shame because of our trust. Psalm 25:2-3 – “O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame”
• Our spiritual strength will be renewed: Isaiah 40:31 – “...they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
• We can rejoice in our salvation. Acts 8:39 – “And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.”
God has proven his trustworthiness, and his promise is that he will be with us always as we “wait” for him.