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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waiting

Alexander Pope wrote an essay in 1709 which stated, "For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread." I realize Christmas is over, but I keep thinking of a song we sang in a previous cantata entitled, "Waiting." It talks about all the years the Israelites waited for the Messiah to come to earth. They waited with anticipation, believing one day it would come true.

With our fast-paced society I think we often overlook the value of waiting upon the Lord. Isaiah 40:30-31 instructs us, "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31

I think at times we are the fools who rush in and demand things from God in our own timing and our own way instead of waiting for Him. When we choose to do this, we miss out on potential blessings that God desires to pour on us. He often has a better way in mind, but we pout and act like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Sometimes He indulges us, allowing us to miss out on something better.

How are you doing with waiting on the Lord for a situation you are facing? Are you the demanding toddler? Or are you persevering in prayer, with patience?

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