The Problem

Isaiah 30:18 "Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" NIV

I had always wanted a horse and our neighbour seemed to have just the right one for me. He was an old retired pack horse, reliable, friendly, well mannered and very, very large. So large in fact that when I was in the saddle and he didnít want to move forward there really wasnít anything I could do about it and that was a problem because Willie didnít like to step ahead on his own. At the age of 28 he had spent at least 24 years of his life as a pack horse following the horse in front of him. He wasnít a leader he was a follower and he would stand and wait patiently all day for another horse to come and lead the way.

As much as I found this ingrained habit of his annoying and frustrating it also reminded me of a very important spiritual truth. As Godís people we are called to be followers not leaders in our walk with him. We are called to wait for him before stepping out on our own or leading anyone else.

"For woe to the obstinate children declares the LORD, to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit heaping sin upon sin." Isaiah 30:1 NIV

Yes, waiting can be a problem for us. Waiting is not always easy. Waiting can be very boring. Waiting can be an annoyance and a frustration. But waiting upon the Lord for his guidance, direction, wisdom, justice and healing is always the right and best thing to do, for God knows what business he is about:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Yes, the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Prayer: Father God enable us today to wait for the LORD; to be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. In Christís name we ask. Amen. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Lynne Phipps Atlin BC

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