Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. -Psalm 27:14
In the struggles of life the remedy is not try harder. It is wait for the LORD. The word wait is in the imperative mood (command) and active voice (subject produces the action). We are commanded to wait upon the Lord; it is not an option. I think most time when we’re struggling, the propensity is to pull ourselves up from our own boot straps. There is no dependency upon God; there is no waiting upon God. We want immediate change and we want it now. However God’s word says wait for the LORD.
In the English language, the word wait has a static and passive element, however in the Hebrew language the word wait doesn’t seem to have that. According to DBLH the word wait means: “ hope for, wait for, look for, i.e., look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial, often with a focus of anticipation in a future event” (DBLH 7747). What does this mean? In times of hardships, doubts, uncertainties, and the “valleys” of life we are to look forward, active instead of passive, to a good and beneficial future event. The struggles we’re in are temporary. There will be a good and beneficial future event after the storms of life. It might seem long, but the end will come.
Another thing to notice, we are to wait For the LORD. DBLH goes on to say that when the object of our hope is the LORD, there is an eager expectation of salvation or deliverance. That is what we have here, wait For the LORD. King David was expecting a future deliverance from his circumstances and we likewise can expect a future deliverance from our “valleys”. Beloved, where is your hope, my hope in when we are struggling? If our hope for deliverance is in anything else but the LORD, there is not certainty of deliverance. However if we put our hope, and wait for the LORD then we are sure of deliverance. How do I know this, because we are to wait for the LORD. When you see LORD capitalized, it is the covenantal name of God, Yahweh. Yahweh has alway delivered the children of Israel out of their “valleys”: Egypt, the Babylonian captivity – read the book of Judges. The LORD is faithful to deliver his people for His glory and for His name sake.
How does this apply to us? We are children of God and since God is immutable, He will deliver us from our “valleys”. So if you’re going through rough times in your life right now, wait for the LORD, for in due time He will deliver you. Do you have faith in the LORD “for without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)?
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Blessings in Christ