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June 3, 2017, 8:45 PM

Waiting on the Lord


Life is full of pressure for all of us. Every role that we play has its own unique set of pressures. These pressures often force us to feel like we have to “fake till we make it”. We don't know what to do, so we feel pressure to hurry up and do something before people figure out that we don't know what to do. In our culture doing something wrong is more forgivable that admitting that we don't know what to do. We value doing something, even if it is totally wrong, over doing nothing.

In college I got the privilege of meeting a guy who owned and bred champion labs. Not like pretty dog show champion labs, but like the hunting and retrieving competition labs. These dogs could run, jump, and hunt. This caused me to get in to watching these competitions for a while. Every dog in the competition was impressive. They could all run fast and jump far. But the most impressive dogs were the ones that could resist their urge to run out after a target, and wait for their owners to give them the word to go.

Scripture says that in the believer's culture, there is value in waiting. Psalm 119:114 says You are my hiding place and my shield, I will wait on your word. In fact, in four different places Psalm 119 says I will wait on your word. All throughout scripture we are told the value of waiting on the Lord, or waiting to hear from Him.

In all of the areas of my life where I feel pressure to know what to say or do or be, what I need most is to hear from the Lord. I need to know what He who searches the hearts of man knows. I need to know what He who imagined the universe thinks. I need to hear from God.

Today I am more convinced that my biggest mistakes are not knowing what God wants me to do and refusing to do it. My biggest mistakes come from not knowing what God wants me to do and refusing to wait and listen.

I need to hear from the Lord.


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