“WAIT ON THE LORD. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait I say on the Lord.” Waiting on God. Probably three words that are the easiest thing to do and the hardest at the same time. I have been waiting on God for over 20 years to answer a certain prayer and I’m still waiting. He hasn’t told me “No”, so I keep asking and praying and waiting. It is hard to wait and so many times I have wanted to give up, but I remember the promises of God.

The Bible is full of promises given to people that they had to wait years to see that Word fulfilled. Abraham, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, plus other saints who never even saw the promise fulfilled, but God was still faithful to keep His Word. King David said this, “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” Psalms 130:5-6

Notice what David did while he was waiting- he did not sit around idly, he continued doing what he knew to do and he kept his hope in God’s Word. David’s circumstances were real and often that Word looked hopeless, but he kept stoking his hope and not the flames of disbelief.

Now for some of you, this is hard because you don’t actually know God’s Word, or worse cherry-pick the parts you like and toss out the other 98%. This is so much of the church- picking out the Scriptures that they like or fit what they want in that moment. Like, “God gives me the desires of my heart!” Yet they do not read the rest of Psalm 37. Or how about “God knows my heart” but forgets the part that says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.

My favorite, “I know the plans I have for you”, but they don’t realize that word was for Israel after 70 years of captivity. Some say they’re a “red letter” Christian, but forget about Jesus’ words to the seven churches (or even that the Bible is God-breathed). Here’s a good one, “I don’t have to be in church” but obviously they have never read the NT which was written to a church and its demands are corporate, not private.

I hear this all the time, “I’m saved by my faith” but forgot that “faith without works is dead faith”. Or God’s words to Joshua, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you” but completely leave out the other demand, “observe all My law, turn not from the right hand or to the left.”

God is NEVER in your disobedience. “But to the wicked (disobedient) God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?” Psalms‬ ‭50:16-17‬ The newest statistics record around 10% of Christians read the Word of God more than 4 times a week, sadly.

You have no hope because you do not know His Word. So you put your hope in friends, doctors, pastors, teachers, the government and economy and when these things fail, you are crushed and blame God. You weren’t really trusting God or waiting on Him, you just wanted Him to answer according to your plan. Your hope was in your own Build-A-Bear Jesus. Sound familiar?

What then is the answer? Put the Word in your heart so when the trial comes you have a real hope to draw from. You need to know what His Word says. His Word is life. There are so many beautiful Scriptures of promise. Yes, we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide, but the Spirit and the Word are in agreement. You cannot recall anything you have never read.

Do not take matters in your own hands- bring all things before Him in prayer and wait on God to answer. If He has spoken a Word to you, take it to the bank. Cast down disbelief and discouragement. Keep asking, seeking and knocking. God hears. He knows. He cares. Do not quit and do not grow weary in your work. Trust Him. Stoke the flames of hope and not your fear and disappointment. God’s Word is sure- HOPE IN HIS WORD. He is faithful and He will answer, just wait. #runyourrace

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