Waiting on God

by Dr. Ken Matto
(Psa 25:5 KJV) Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Many Christians have had to leave churches for the simple fact that they have become apostate. It is a sad state of affairs in the organized church when the majority of them are portals to hell and not portals to heaven. (Isa 5:14 KJV) Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
But we have been warned that these days would come when truth would be harder and harder to find. (Amos 8:11 KJV) Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
We see the famine of the Word of God everywhere as we go into churches and see the modern per-versions of the Bible supplanting the King James Version. Dovetailing these modern versions are the false gospels which have invaded the modern church and caused the true believers to leave or be expelled. The King James Version of the Bible is a fire wall of a version since it does not water down or omit the truth as the modern versions do.
In the text above, we see the psalmist asking God to lead him into truth and teach him. But if you notice the last part of the verse deals with waiting and it is where God teaches His children much in the school of waiting. Many times we expect God to move when we say move especially if we lack fellowship temporarily but we must keep one thing in mind that God does not work on our time table. Remember, He kept Moses 40 years on the backside of the desert while he trained Him for the task ahead. Sometimes we are so anxious or impatient that we do not consider the waiting time a training time in our own life and we miss the valuable lessons that God teaches us. If we are truly resting in Calvary and seeking the Lord concerning a situation, why is it that we must always "do." If we are truly asking God to lead us and teach us, then we must also expect God to work in His way and sometimes it requires a period of waiting. Even the psalmist says he waits for God "all day." Sometimes God doesn’t act at 9 AM or 3 PM and He may wait till 11:58 PM until He moves but He is never late.
How do you think Mary and Martha felt when Jesus delayed his coming to Bethany? I am sure, in their estimation, that Jesus could have definitely arrived sooner and prevented their brother Lazarus from dying. But Wait! Was Lazarus’ death the end of the story or was it just the beginning? Many times what we consider the end, God is planning the beginning. We never saw Jesus running from town to town instead He walked. Many have donned the mindset that unless they are doing something, they are sinning. There is a vast difference between laziness and waiting on God. Lazy people are those who refuse to do anything but are normally the loudest mouths in the church when it comes to kicking out the true gospel. They seem to have the most influence with the church leaders too.
Sometimes we "predestinarians" get caught up in a free will mentality by trying to impose our will on God’s work. What I mean by that is, is that we feel we must be doing something. Well, waiting is something and it is an actual compliment to God that we are trusting Him to work out the details of something that we, as humans, cannot do. So what are some benefits of waiting on God?
1. It exercises the faith that God gives us.
2. It causes us to see God in a new light as our provider.
3. It drives us to the Bible causing us to search the Scriptures.
4. It removes a self-dependent or independent disposition from us.
5. It teaches us a lesson that just because the world is in a hurry, we don’t have to be.
6. God will work out the finer details that we could not possibly think of.
7. Waiting builds patience and patience builds Christian character.
8. It makes the seeming victim the victor.
Yes waiting on God for any situation that comes into our life is not a waste of time but an investment of time. After all, who gave us the time?   Till we meet at Jesus’s feet.  (10/08/00)