“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
There is an old expression that says, “Timing is everything”. Maybe that timing is in reality the time of the Lord. The time when He says yes or no, stop or go.
God’s timing is something we have to wait for. And when this involves something important to us it means we must be, “of good courage”. Fortunately God will, “strengthen thine heart” during the wait period.
Courage and strength are the benefits of our patience in the Lord while we wait. Actually gaining courage and strength are the reasons for the wait. Just like trials and tribulations, waiting on the Lord is meant to refine us. It shows our resolve and the level of trust and faith we have in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Impatience is a form of jumping ship. It shows a lack of faith and confidence in God and His ways. Impatience usually results in us trying to do what we should allow God to do. The end result of impatience is never good.
Waiting on the Lord causes a strengthening of the heart. This is the spirit within the man that grows and becomes stronger. What this means in a practical sense is peace during the wait. When we are waiting for something to happen or to get done it is easy to become tense, nervous and irritable. We can cause physical discomforts like tying our stomachs into knots or a feeling of being sick. God doesn’t want that to happen but the devil does.
Growth comes through waiting and patience. Steadfastness, earnestness and resoluteness in our relationship with Christ abounds. It effects all aspects of our life. Patiently waiting on the Lord is refinement by fire. It is not easy. This is why the verse at the end repeats the command to, “….wait, I say, on the Lord.”
During times of turmoil when impatience and nerves want to reign pray to the Lord and wait. You’ll be comforted in the present moment and succeed in God’s good time.