I am the Psalmist.
I too have a history of crying out to God, reminding Him of all that I do for Him and asking Him the “whens” and the “whys”…
When Lord? When will you avenge?
Why Lord? Why have you allowed this?
And I too have a history of telling Him when He needs to act…
“It is time for you to act, O Lord…” ~ Psalm 119:126
Because of my limited sight and understanding, I struggle comprehending the ways of our Lord at times.
I don’t have His perspective.
I don’t have His knowledge.
I am not God.
And so I become the Psalmist and cry out to Him with questions that are beyond my understanding… and I realize I am just a child.
Age is funny, you know. The older I get the more I realize how much there is to learn in life, and how very patient God is with my growth.
God is good and patient (Psalm 136:1 & 2 Peter 3:9).
I like that God is good. But patient? That can be a little harder when I’m waiting on Jesus to act.
The Jews in Jesus’ day wanted a Savior who would concur and overthrow the Roman oppressors. They wanted action. They wanted revenge. They wanted all those who had hurt them to finally have their day.
And in many ways, I am no different. And neither is our buddy the Psalmist.
He has highs and lows as he pursues knowing God better and gaining greater wisdom… just like me.
I’m taking comfort that here is a man who is completely sold out to God – a man who treasures God’s Word more than gold or gems – and yet I see this man struggle with waiting on the Lord to move. I hear him remind God of the righteous life he has led, just in case God may have missed it. I see him plead with God as he continues to be oppressed.
And in a strange way, it encourages me. It strengthens me.
Maybe it’s the progression of moving from “baby food” to “solids” in terms of spiritual growth, but it comforts me to know that other people who are 100% sold out for God – those who desperately want to live their lives for Him – struggle in their understanding of why He chooses to act sometimes, and at other times remains patient and does not step in and fix the situation like we want Him to.
But I’m starting to notice that in the waiting…there is precious growth.
In the waiting there is purpose.
“Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statues.”
The Psalmist does cry out to the Lord, but he also accompanies it with a sincere desire to know God and learn His ways:
“… teach me your decrees.”~ Psalm 119:124
“… give me discernment that I may understand your statues.”~ Psalm 119:125
His heart is humble and teachable. He wants God’s ways over his own.
And maybe that’s the purpose of the waiting: the precious growth it produces.
“God’s delays are not God’s denials.”- Warren W. Wiersbe
So like the Psalmist, I cry out to God and say:
“It is time for you to act, O Lord; your law is being broken.” ~ Psalm 119:126
But in these days of waiting I’m learning to dig a little bit deeper into God’s Word, and pray a little more earnestly. And that’s always a good thing.
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done…” ~ Matthew 6:10
“The day will come when the truth will be revealed and sin will be judged; meanwhile, instead of complaining about what we have paid or lost, let us rejoice in the wealth that we have in God’s Word; wealth that can never be taken from us.”- Warren W. Wiersbe
Don’t doubt for a second that God doesn’t see what’s going on in our world. But in the waiting, how can we be more proactive in growing in our faith and reaching out to a hurting world… being the hands and feet of Jesus?
Love God Greatly!
Week 6 Challenge:
This week, focus on taking one additional step in digging into God’s Word. Maybe it’s reading the verses in another translation. Maybe it’s listening to Scripture on the commute to work. Maybe it’s reading some commentary on this week’s assigned verses. However this looks for you, dig in a little deeper and ask God to give you greater understanding of His Word.
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