Yielding and Waiting
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. ~Psalm 62:5
When it comes to the traffic laws of our land, the yellow color means we are to slow down, wait, and yield to the right of way. It is a means of traffic courtesy when we approach an intersection. When we are in a hurry, we are not inclined to wait. Waiting can be unbearable to someone who is always in a hurry. Yet, we find that waiting is a means that God uses to grow us in His grace and knowledge. David was a man who, throughout his life, learned the importance of waiting. When we have found satisfaction in waiting, we find that God’s power in our life is always on time and very real.
There is the VIRTUE of waiting. Waiting on God is an important virtue. A virtue is an important character trait. Waiting on God is always associated with trials and testing. “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” Rom. 5:3-4. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. And patience, experience; and experience, hope,” James 1:2-4. Waiting teaches us that we are not in control of the process or the outcome. Waiting teaches us that if God is not in a hurry, we should not be in a hurry. Waiting indicates the ability of being at peace with our situation, regardless of how bad it looks to other people.
There is the VALUE in waiting. There are manifold blessings in waiting. We must wait for God’s signal. When we wait for God’s signal, this means the timing is right to go. In Acts 16:5-10, Paul is told “no,” “slow,” and finally, “go.” Waiting for God’s signal may have frustrated him, but in the end, it led to a very fruitful endeavor throughout Macedonia. We must wait for His strength. When we wait for His strength, He equips us for the challenge or difficulty ahead of us. In Ps. 23:1-3, God made David to lie down in green pastures. The meaning is that God placed him in the pasture of God’s choosing, and David had to wait. Later, God led him to still waters. David learned he had to wait on God to sustain him. Through this, God restored his soul. In II Cor. 12:9-10, Paul testifies how God made him wait as he had to endure an infirmity of the flesh. This was a physical malady that caused Paul great inconvenience. Paul testified that God’s strength was made perfect in his weakness. We must wait for the Spirit. Now, the Holy Spirit indwells us the moment we are saved. However, the Spirit’s filling for power is a holy process that is according to our surrender and availability. To have the Spirit’s complete fullness will most often require much time alone with God in the Word and prayer.
There is the VICTORY in waiting. Ps. 62 is David’s testimony concerning the victory God gave him through waiting. He said, “He only is my rock and salvation.” He declared, “My soul, wait thou only upon God.” “Only” implies none other. Without waiting, there is no victory! In vs. 8, David is encouraging others by exhorting, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Answers to prayer are always on the way: wait on the Lord! You can have faith in God at all times and in every situation: wait on the Lord! There is only one source of true power: wait on the Lord! Ps. 62 is David’s confidence in God through yielding and waiting!
Don’t fret, just wait! Don’t rush, just wait! Don’t try to find a plan B, just wait! Don’t live in fear, just wait! Wait on the Lord: it’s the best thing you can do for your spiritual life.
Have a yielded God Morning!
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