Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Blessed are all they that wait for Him...

From my reading...
"...Though it is a long day, it is only a day, and it is known to the Lord (Zechariah 14:7). The time that we are kept waiting seems long, but the happy result will enable us to reflect upon the time as short, as but a moment. It is no longer than God has appointed, and we are sure his time is the best time, and his favors are worth waiting for. The time is long, but it is nothing compared to the days of eternity, when those who had great patience will be recompensed for it with salvation.

Though it is a dark day, let us wait on God all the day. Even though while we are waiting for what God will do, we are kept in the dark concerning what He is doing and what is best for us to do, let us be content to wait in the dark. Though we do not see any signs, though there is no one to tell us how long, let us resolve to wait, however long it may be. For though we do not know right now what God is doing, we will know hereafter when the mystery of God is finished.

Never was a man more at loss concerning God's dealings with him than poor Job was. He said,

"I go forward but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him: on the left hand...on the right hand, but I cannot see Him."
Job 23:8-9

Yet he sat down resolving to wait on God all the day with a satisfaction in this: though I do not know the way He takes,

"He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me I shall come forth as gold."
Job 23:10

Like refined gold, I will be approved and improved. God sits by as a refiner, and will take care that the gold in in the furnace no longer than is necessary for the refining of it. Even when God's way is in the sea, so that He cannot be traced (Psalm 77:19), we are sure His way is in the sanctuary (Psalm 77:13), so that He can be trusted. And when the clouds and darkness are round about Him, even then justice and judgment "are the habitation of His throne" (Psalm 97:2).

Though it is a stormy day we must wait on God all the day. Though the wind not only fail to drive us forward, but is contrary and drives us back: though it is boisterous and the church is tossed with tempests and ready to sink, we must hope for the best. We must wait and weather the storm by patience. It is a comfort that Christ is in the ship. The church's cause is Christ's cause; He has embraced it, and He will own it. He is in the same vessel with His people. Why, then are you fearful? Have no doubt the ship will come safely to land. Though Christ seems for the present to be asleep, the prayers of His disciples will awaken Him, and He will rebuke the wind and the waves. Though the bush burn, if God is in it, it will not be consumed. Yet this is not all. Christ is not only in the ship, but at the helm.

What God will do with us we cannot tell; but this we are sure of, that He is a God of judgment, infinitely wise and just, and, therefore, "Blessed are all they that wait for Him" (Isaiah 30:18). He will do His own work in His own way and time. Though we are hurried back into the wilderness when we thought we were about to enter Canaan, we suffer justly for our unbelief and murmurings. But God acts wisely and will be found faithful to His promise. His time to judge for His people, and to have compassion on His servants, is when He sees that their strength is gone (Deuteronomy 32:36). This was seen of old in the mount of the Lord, and will be again. Therefore, let us continue in a waiting attitude. Hold onto faith and patience, for it is good that a man should both hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1