19 October 2018


By John Ollis

The first letter we are looking at is WAIT/ING the Prophet Isaiah says in 40:31 NKJV
But those who wait on 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.


There is a passive waiting like waiting for a bus or a train, and there is an active (proactive) waiting as well, and this is the meaning of the word in the O.T. Scriptures especially in relation to our seeking of God.
There is a picture in the Hebrew language (for this word wait) and that is of someone standing outside a closed door, and anticipating that at any moment the door will fly open and an important person will walk out.
The reality is of course that we can be very impatient, and expect the Lord to respond immediately, but our Sovereign God will respond in HIS PERFECT TIMING, and not a moment earlier. His ways and timings are so different to ours, perhaps one reason He doesn’t immediately respond is He wants us to learn patience. Have you ever prayed “Lord give me patience and give it to me NOW“? and wondered why your prayer was not answered. Paul tells us in Romans 5:3 NKJV And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; (PATIENCE).  I personally do not want to learn patience through tribulation, (that will be the last resort) I am praying the Lord will help me to discipline myself and learn to sit and WAIT in His presence. Do you agree?
As the Prophet Isaiah indicates in the introductory verse, that as we wait, an awesome work of grace can be taking place in our lives. In this case the exchange of our weaknesses for His divine strength.
Often God puts a dream in our heart (or at least a glimpse) of what lays ahead in our life in the way of blessing and ministry, and so often likes Moses, we want to rush ahead and try and bring it to pass (in the flesh) and mess things up. Moses had to wait another 40 YEARS until it was God’s time. We must learn to wait until God opens the door.
May we learn that is just as productive (if not more) to sit and wait in the Lord’s presence, let it be the communication between two lovers amen.