Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Lord Waits
18And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
19For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
The people of the Southern Kingdom were in a panic and considering going back to the old "bail-out" remedy of Egypt with its horses, chariots and military strength.
God had other plans wherein He would show Himself strong on their behalf. The terrible judgment about to be reaped by the invading Assyria was going to bring much glory to His name and renewed holy fear in His people.
But God was waiting. Yes God...until circumstances became so bleak that only He could bring about rescue.
And God has often waited. For Adam and Eve to sense their shame. For the wickedness of Pharoah to reach full measure. For David to learn priceless lessons of covenant care from the flock on the move. For Manasseh to come to the point of mighty repentance in a foreign jail. For the scribes serving Josiah to discover the mislaid Holy Scrolls and to usher in one last interval of revival before exile of Judah. For the maturing and training of John "that voice crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way." For the fulness of time to bring Messiah and Gethsemane, Calvary's Hill and an Empty Tomb.
And yes, He has waited for you to realize your sin and need, and His availability, longsuffering and yearning to save, and to make single-minded and holy. Do you sense that it is almost time? Does the Church?
7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Note: One of our links is the classic volume Waiting on God by Andrew Murray.