Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 2

Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 2

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion . . . Blessed are all who WAIT for Him.  (Isa 30:18 NIV, emphasis added)

What does the verse above mean when it talks about “waiting for the Lord”?  I believe that it can refer to two different concepts.  The first is about waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications.  The second is about “waiting on God”—spending time in His presence and waiting to hear His voice and His wisdom.

In our previous blog article (Part 1), we covered the concept of waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications.  Today, we focus upon the second idea of waiting on God.

When we wait on the Lord, we spend time in His presence.  There are numerous ways to do that and most likely, you’re already familiar with some of them.  We spend time in His presence when we:

  • read the Bible,
  • meditate upon His Word,
  • praise and worship Him,
  • attend Bible study and/or worship services,
  • fellowship with other believers, and
  • sit quietly waiting to hear His still, small voice.

Waiting on the Lord is time spent focused upon Him and the wisdom that He will impart to us.  It is concentrated upon communion with our Savior and upon training a listening heart.  In order to have a listening heart, we need a humble heart.  A humble heart desires to please God, and has patience to wait for His direction and instructions.

(Please see the next blog posting for the final meditation on this subject.)

Let’s Talk About Sin!

Let’s Talk About Sin!

How are you today?  Is there any doubt in your mind about the definition of sin?  No, I thought not!

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.  (James 4:17 NKJV)  The operative word here is knows.  The majority of us know what is the right (or good) thing to do in most situations; and we know whether or not we have done it.

Sin is not only actively committing evil deeds; it is also passively failing to do something good that you KNOW that God wants you to do!  Should you admit to the clerk that she gave you too much change, and return it to her?  If you didn’t do it, then that was sin, because you knew it was the right thing to do.  Did you feel nudged to apologize to your friend for something hurtful that you said to her?  Did you consider giving an offering to a ministry or organization that has blessed and ministered to you?  If you didn’t do it . . . then that was sin.  You get the idea! 

God wants us live a life of faith, led by the Holy Spirit’s promptings and our obedience to Him!  We all need to learn to be more sensitive and obedient to that still, small voice that we recognize as the Lord’s voice!  When we don’t obey God’s voice (His promptings to our hearts and minds), it is sin. 

God bless you today.