Lately I’ve been reading a great devotional from Andrew Murray (1828-1917). This week I’m sharing quotes from that book. The topic (as can be seen by the title) is waiting on God. These words are so meaningful and true:
Show me thy ways, O LORD: teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5 (KJV)
A soul cannot seek close fellowship with God, or attain the abiding consciousness of waiting on Him all the day, without a very honest and entire surrender to all His will. –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, Whitaker House Publishers, pg. 28
It must be clear to us what we are waiting for. There may be very different things. It may be waiting for God in our times of prayer to take His place as God and to work in us the sense of His holy presence and nearness. It may be a special petition to which we are expecting an answer. It may be our whole inner life, in which we are on the lookout for God’s putting forth of His power. It may be the whole state of His church and saints, or some part of His work, for which our eyes are ever toward Him. It is good that we remember and keep track of the things we are waiting for on God. — pg. 29
It must also be clear to us on whom we are waiting. Not an idol, a god of whom we have made an image by our concepts of what he is. No, but the living God, such as He really is in His great glory, His infinite holiness, His power, wisdom, and goodness, in His love and nearness. The presence of a beloved or a dreaded master awakens the whole attention of the servant who waits on him. The presence of God, as He can in Christ by His Holy Spirit make Himself known, and keep the soul under its covering and shadow, will awaken and strengthen the true waiting spirit. Let us be still and wait and worship until we know how near He is… — pg. 29
It doesn’t seem to me that many people are willing to wait for anything any more, even regarding spiritual matters. We seem to have much strength in our own wills, plans and ways. But God tells us to wait on Him; wait and see what He will do! There are things only He can do, and they are certainly worth waiting for.