Friday, 27 November 2020
Title: Are you a capable wait-er?
By: Ps. Cheng Cheung

Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

In the first half of Psalm 37 last week, we were introduced to the anxiety of the “righteous” (those who honour, fear and love God) who experience deprivation, anxiety or injustice while they wait upon God to act. While they wait, the “evildoers and wicked” (those who mock God, do not fear Him and defy His existence) are prospering. David reminds us that the end of the wicked is sure: ”they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

But before that happens, the godly need to be patient and wait upon the Lord in expectation, hope and obedience:
v 7 Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
v 34 Wait on the LORD,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;

Waiting is much more difficult than moving onward and forward. Waiting requires patience and for today’s go-getter generation, patience is a rare virtue. Sometimes it is hard for us to understand why some processes take so long or why obstacles exist, even in God’s work. Will that red or amber light ever turn green? ”Feeling trapped” is not an uncommon feeling. But God has a purpose in all His delays.

Patience eliminates worry. ”Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Patience eliminates self-works. “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:29

Patience eliminates all want. Perhaps your desire to receive what you want now is stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled.

Patience eliminates weeping. Why feel sad and sorry for yourself? Is this a sign that you prefer to substitute good for the Lord’s best?

Patience eliminates all weakness. Waiting is not time wasted. Realise that God is preparing His resources and strengthening you for a greater work than you may have imagined.

Finally, patience yields worship.¹
James writes: “for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So, let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” James 1:3-4 (TLB). You will be the benefactor, brothers and sisters. When you look back and realise our gracious Lord has been leading you in this, you will affirm the truth of the following verses from Isaiah and your hearts will be aglow in worship of the Lord God who has dealt bountifully with you.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

v 23 The steps (and stops) of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.

You may wonder how the above verse is connected then, to what has been aforementioned. Very simply, for the god-fearing man, whether he is moving forward (his steps) in faith or waiting patiently upon the Lord (his stops), these are ordered by the LORD. This is a crucially important principle of the Lord’s guidance for a Christian never to move from the spot where he is sure God has placed him, until the Lord God directs him to do so. How we need to learn to wait for the Lord’s leading in everything. Many who go ahead of the Lord later discover they lack the strength and power they desire. But GOD WILL GIVE complete power for EVERY TASK He asks us to perform. Waiting until the time He says ”Go” – keeping yourself faithful to His leading – this is the secret of strength and supernatural power.

Prayer for Today

Gracious Father, truly Your thoughts are not my thoughts and Your ways are not my ways. I confess my old nature stubbornly clings to me and tries to impose itself on my new nature, making it hard for the Holy Spirit to do His work in me.

Help me recognize the voice of the Shepherd calling to me in love to put to death my old man and thus enable You to do the work of transformation in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

¹ “Streams in the Desert” LB Cowman



上周在诗篇 37篇的前半部分介绍了”义人”(那些尊敬,敬畏和爱上帝的人)的焦虑。他们在等待上帝采取行动时经历了剥夺、焦虑或不公正。 当他们等待时,”恶人”(嘲笑上帝的人,不惧怕上帝并蔑视他的存在的人)是大有势力的。 大卫提醒我们,恶人的结局是必然的:”因为他们如草快被割下,又如青菜快要枯干。”
第7节 你当默然倚靠耶和华,耐性等候他,
第34节 你当等候耶和华,遵守他的道,他就抬举你,使你承受地土,

等待比接受现实开始新的生活及向前进要困难得多。 等待需要耐心,对于当今有冲劲和进取心的一代来说,耐心是一种难得的美德。 有时候,即使在上帝的工作里,我们也很难理解为什么有些过程需要这么长时间或为什么有障碍的存在。 红色或黄色的灯会变成绿色吗? “感觉被困”并不是一种罕见的感觉。 但是上帝在他所有的拖延中都有一个目的。

耐心消除烦恼。”你们要将一切的忧虑卸给上帝,因为他顾念你们。” (彼前5:7)
耐心消除了所有的软弱。等待不是浪费时间。 要明白上帝正在准备他的资源并加强你从事比你想象的更大的工作。

雅各写道:3 因为知道,你们的信心经过试验就生忍耐。 4 但忍耐也当成功,使你们成全、完备,毫无缺欠。” 雅各书1:3-4。 弟兄姐妹,您将成为行善的人。 当您回顾过去并意识到我们的恩主带领您前进时,您将肯定以下以赛亚书中经文的真实性,并且您的心将敬拜那如此慷慨地对待您的上帝。
8 耶和华说:“我的意念非同你们的意念,我的道路非同你们的道路。 9 天怎样高过地,照样,我的道路高过你们的道路,我的意念高过你们的意念。(赛55:8-9)
第23节 义人的脚步被耶和华立定,他的道路耶和华也喜爱。

您可能想知道上述经文如何与前述内容联系起来。 很简单,对于敬畏上帝的人,无论他是出于信心前进(他的脚步)还是耐心等待主(他的暂停),这些都是耶和华所命令的。 这是上帝指导的至关重要的一项原则,基督徒在上帝指示他这样做之前,切勿离开他确定上帝已安置他的地方。 我们如此需要学习在一切事上等待主的引导。 许多后来超越主的人发现他们缺乏他们想要的力量和能力。 但是上帝会为每项他要我们做的任务提供完全的能力。等到他说“去”的时候–使自己忠于他的领导–这是力量和超自然能力的秘诀。

恩主,你的意念确实非同我的意念,你的道路非同我的道路。 我承认我的旧本性固执地紧贴着我,并试图强加在我的新本性上,这使圣灵很难在我里面做他的工作。

¹“沙漠中的溪流” LB考曼