"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him/ do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
There is nothing more frustrating than waiting. It always seems that when life is most hectic and unforgiving there you sit. It could be pulling into the gas station before a late entrance to work finding all the pumps are full pushing you into one of the waiting lines. Or when you need to get the car home at a certain time for your son so that he can get to work on time and a train decides to roll in unexpected just as you get to the tracks. Sometimes you just want to get some extra work done at your job before you exit for an evening of rest and your computer just plugs along creating internet interference, and you just can't let that one thing go to enjoy your weekend.
Prayer is the same. My friend Lauren prayed and prayed for her husband to return to the church. You see when they married he was a devout Christian man and a prime prospect. But somewhere along the way he lost his faith and didn't stand as the typical patriarch of his family. So Lauren is stuck taking the kids solo on Sundays to church lately. Where is her husband during these times? You think God would want him guiding his family, right? Lauren has spent years praying on this.
The Bible doesn't answer this directly; but it does tell us about other Christian people who also had to wait. David is a prime example. Boy did he know the waiting game well. Samuel appointed him king at age fifteen, but he spent another fifteen years being hunted by King Saul who he once took care of by playing music to soothe him on his bleakest days. Another seven years passed before David captured Jerusalem and could move to the throne there in Hebron. Eleven more years slipped by while Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, Amalekites, and Philistines threatened almost every border. David also suffered from family issues. His older bother resented him being favored by God, and his two sons Absalom, Adonijah had power struggles with him.
We call all relate to David at some point in our lives. He had job stress, marriage stress, and family stress. Don't think for one moment David didn't pray ceaselessly for a bit of relief in his days. Through it all he did wait. In Psalm 37 David gives us some insight concerning how to wait. Three times he uses the word wait: "wait patiently for Him" (verse 7) and twice "wait for the Lord" (verses 9,34)
David wrote that Psalm when he was under attack which was usually the time he did his most intense praying. He tells us:
- Don't worry about those harassing you (verse 1)
- Trust in God and do good (verse 3)
- Delight in him and trust him (verse 4-5)
- Don't get angry (verse 8)
we're waiting, it's easy to jump to a human-reasoned conclusion. But God's Word advises us to "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." God wants us to quiet our ever probing minds, open our hearts, and just trust him. He always has our back.
God promises us if we trust in him:
- He will give us the desires of our heart
- Make our righteousness shine line dawn
- Be our stronghold in time of trouble
- He promises peace as we wait
And so just as Lauren prays so do we for each of our own individual needs. But in the end, all will turn out righteous as God promises. Just be patient.