There are two things in the Bible which I find very difficult to do and I am thinking that you might feel the same way too. The first is this.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Sure, I can be happy when things are going well. But to rejoice in the Lord always?

Then there’s this.

“Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Waiting is not something that I do well. Heck, even the world doesn’t take too kindly to waiting. There is hell to pay if train drivers in Japan are even half a minute late; passengers at airports create a ruckus when flights get delayed; and bus operators in Singapore have come up with ways for commuters to track bus arrival times via an app on their smartphones.

The world just doesn’t like to wait. And the one person we hate to wait on and wait for the most, is God.

Now, there is a certain reverence to this irreverence. The reason why most people can’t understand why God makes them wait is because they know that God is almighty, all-powerful and ever present. So why would a loving God, who can do anything at any time for anyone and everyone He loves, make anyone wait?

Well, we know why, don’t we? We know that God is always ready and willing to bless us, so we know that the reason why God takes so long is because Jesus blesses as we are able. Yet, knowledge is scarce comfort. So let us take a fresh look at waiting on God and see why it is not such a difficult thing to do after all.

“In this you rejoice greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,” 1 Peter 1:6 [AMP]

There is a reason for everything that we are put through; and chief of them is

“so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 [AMP]

We are God’s mantle pieces. We must never forget that. Through us and through our lives, our Father puts on display all the love that He has for us and a fraction of the might that He possesses. So

“When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,…
Though an army may encamp against me,…
Though war may rise against me,…” Psalm 27:2-3

“…My heart shall not fear;…
In this I will be confident.” Psalm 27:3

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

For “When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.” Psalm 27:2

Beloved, when we speak of faith, when we are asked to wait upon the Lord, it is not based on fantasy or figments of imagination. We base our faith on prior knowledge. Remember these guys?

“Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.” Mark 2:3-4

Why do you think they did that? Why do you think they risked life and limb to climb onto the roof and pull such a stunt? Because they had ‘faith’? Come on, it must have been because they heard about Jesus, true? Then consider this.

“And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”” Mark 5:12

Notice how the leper never questioned if Jesus COULD heal? Now how did he know that? Because he had ‘faith’? Come on, it must have been because he had heard about Jesus, true? Then consider the woman with the issue of blood.

“For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”” Mark 5:28

How did she know? Because she had faith? I think you know where I’m going with this.

Faith in these three instances weren’t really any more miraculous than the faith you had in the chair before you sat on it. You saw the chair, you know something about the chair, you understand how the chair works, so you have ‘faith’ that the chair will hold you up when you sit on it.

So likewise, after they had heard about Jesus and saw how He worked, they had no doubt that they would be healed. And that, in Jesus’ own words, is faith, for of those who lowered the man through the roof He said,

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”” Mark 2:5

And to the woman with the issue of blood, He said,

“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34

So what about us? Do we know what our Father is like?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Do we know what Jesus came to do?

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Do we know what God has in store for us?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

Do we know what Jesus has in store for us?

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

In fact, while we are here on earth, Jesus left us with a blank check.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

So we know that our Father and Jesus love us. And we know that because Jesus has died for us, we who believe in Him, are just as they who received Him, and

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

We are His beloved children. So tell me again why is it easier to believe that the chair will hold you rather than believe that God will rescue you from your situation? Have you never seen chairs unceremoniously break from under people?

Then look again at your life. Did not our Father pull you out from your last problem? Did not our Father rescue you from your last predicament? So tell me again why the chair won’t break but God will let you down?

Beloved, indeed waiting for God and waiting on God are the most difficult things to do. The wait kills us. But don’t let it kill the faith that is in you, for your faith is not built on blind trust. There is always a firm foundation of His works which you have already experienced that you are building your current faith on.

And when you know that He has a reason for every season, then you can have the same faith that all those other people had, that you once had, and find it a little easier to wait upon the Lord.

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