Monday, July 13, 2015

Thoughts about waiting on the Lord

I recently spoke at a dear young friend's wedding shower.  This young lady waited for the Lord to bring the right young man, and struggled faithfully to be patient. And that patient waiting on the Lord is a good thing.

So, here are some thoughts for those who wait patiently on the Lord for the right spouse, and those of us seeking to live faithfully with those spouses the Lord has provided. The spiritual discipline of waiting on the Lord is never a waste of time.

…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.~Isaiah 40:31
It seems to me that much of life is spent in waiting, and none of us likes it.  But the truth is, learning to wait is a tool of mercy and grace in our lives.  The spiritual discipline of settling our hearts and minds to wait upon the Lord and the good that He has planned for us is undervalued in our culture and is often ignored in our churches.  But the lessons learned by waiting upon the Lord, will serve us  well in many roles in life.
That discipline to wait on the Lord comes in handy as we wait for the Lord as He completes the good work He has started in our husbands, to make them into the men God desires them to be.  Look forward to that with joy! Quiet yourself to pray for your husband and wait upon the Lord instead of doing that very womanly thing of trying to make your husband over in your own image of what you think a husband should be.  Instead, let God make him into Christ’s image. And wait as the Lord does the same for you.  Seek Him with expectation.
Use that disciplined waiting as the Lord builds your family. As a wife, you will likely have times of waiting for your husband to come home. Perhaps there will be a time of waiting for the Lord to bring children and to expand your family.  Jesus has a perfect plan for you, and you can rest with Him and wait upon Him.
Use that disciplined waiting upon the Lord as you expand the influence of your family through ministry and hospitality. Watch for the opportunities the Lord brings your way, and serve Him wholeheartedly through them.  And if the Lord brings periods of drought or loneliness your way, trust Him there, too, and wait patiently on Him. He is just as close to us when He feels far away as He is when He feels near.
And finally, use that disciplined waiting as you face the trials and hardships that life in a fallen world will surely bring.  The first three verses of Psalm 40 say this:
I waited patiently for the LORD;    he inclined to me and heard my cry.He drew me up from the pit of destruction,    out of the miry bog,and set my feet upon a rock,    making my steps secure. 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.
My prayer for each of us as wives is that our great and good God puts such a beautiful new song in our mouths that others will be captivated by Christ through our singing. And that we will continue to wait upon the Lord to make our steps secure in the future.
I am so excited to see what the Lord will do!

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