Who likes waiting? I don’t think that anyone likes to wait. It can be so aggravating at times. Yet we always have to wait. We experience times where we have to practice patience and sometimes with such great measure it can frustrate the soul. We wait…We have to be patient… We are reminded to be still. I think this means in every circumstance.
Wait in traffic.
Wait at a restaurant.
Wait for food.
Wait for a response.
Wait for results.
Wait for healing.
Wait for marriage.
Wait for children.
Wait for promotion.
Wait for approval.
Wait for payment.
Wait for retirement.
This is an awful lot of waiting. Did I miss anything? This must be why He included it in His word. When I reflect on this Psalm, it reminds me how to respond during these waiting periods.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Psalms 46:1-11 NKJV
Waiting is a period of delay; pause or interval. It is the moment where nothing is happening. Nothing is moving. There is no reaction or place of progression. It is during this time that we are actually being developed and strengthened inside. We learn endurance. We learn what patience means [the quality of being patient
, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint
, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness
or annoyance when confronted with delay
; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence]. We learn to be still [remaining in place or at rest; motionless; stationary; free from
sound or noise, as a place or persons; silent; subdued or low in sound; hushed; free from
turbulence or commotion; peaceful; tranquil; calm; without waves or perceptible current; not flowing, as water.
We don’t always understand why we have to wait but we trust God. We lean on Him during these times. Though everything may seem so far away. Like the answer is taking forever to arrive. Like the promised opportunity will never happen for you… but it will. We just have to wait. Be patient. Be still and know that God is God.
As we are sitting here in this particular season of waiting, it gives us an opportunity to grow closer to a God that loves us. His word promises that He is in the midst. His word promises that He will be exalted. His word promises that we shall not fall in this. When all else seems to be waging against us–He is our refuge.
It is time to stop trying to do things on our own strength and be still enough…to be free from the internal noise and turbulence that happens in our soul when we are confronted with delayed situations. When the answer comes, it will be what God ordained because of our patience, endurance and our trust in Him.
I will be sitting here in my refuge… He said, “BE STILL!”