Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”
Wait. This is a word that is not appreciated in our time. If we have to wait more than 30 seconds for a computer to reboot we get impatient. If we can’t answer a text within 30 minutes we feel inattentive. If things don’t work out as quickly as they should, or not at all – we are visibly upset.
This verse clearly states that we are to wait on the Lord. Give God some breathing room. Recognize that time is governed by God not by us. He is not limited by time and space. Time is irrelevant to God. Robert Morgan in his excellent book Red Sea Rules states, “Stay calm and confident. Give God time to work.”
The call to wait is not isolated to one passage. Consider:
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
In Zephaniah 3:8 God declares to Judah, “Therefore wait for Me … for my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them My indignation…”
Habakuk 2:1 “I will take my stand at my watch port and station myself on the tower and look out to see what He will say to me.”
In 2 Chronicles 20, when Jehosophat, the king of Judah, was facing a great horde of Moabites and Ammonites, God declared, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. You will not need to fight this battle. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf…”
Moses spoke to the people in Exodus 14:13 when the Egyptians were almost on top of them and the Red Sea was in front of them. He said, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today…the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Stand, watch, see and rejoice at what our God will do.
We are in a spiritual war. We need to check in with our Commander-in-Chief daily. Sometimes God tells us to wait and let Him work single handedly on our behalf. Sometimes God tells us to wait for His timetable, then move out to accomplish His purposes by His Spirit. As each of us moves forward in what we believe is God‘s direction, pray we will know when to be still and when to advance.
Let’s give God time and room to act. He is Almighty God!