Morning, August 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Wait on the Lord.” — Psalm 27:14
It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the stances which a Christian soldier learns only with years of teaching. Marching and running are much easier for God’s warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously eager to serve the Lord, still doesn’t know what part to take. Then what shall it do? Exasperate itself with despair? Retreat in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? No… just simply wait.
Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and lay out the case before him; tell him your difficulty, and plead for his promise of aid. In dilemmas between one obligation and another, it is agreeable to be humble as a child, and wait with simplicity of soul on the Lord. It is sure to be well with us when we feel and know our own foolishness, and are heartily willing to be guided by the will of God. But wait in faith. Express your unshaken confidence in him; for unfaithful, untrusting waiting is just an insult to the Lord. Believe that if he keeps you waiting until midnight, he will still come at the right time; the vision shall come and shall not delay. Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling because you are under the affliction, but blessing your God for it. Never murmur against God’s direction through circumstance, as the children of Israel did against Moses; never wish you could go back to the world again, but accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but yours be done. I don’t know what to do; I am brought to my limits, but I will wait until you shall divide the floods, or drive back my enemies. I will wait, even if you delay me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon you alone, O God, and my spirit waits for you in the full conviction that you will yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.”