The blind poet John Milton, a devout Christian, famously observed: “they also serve who only stand and wait.” This kind of service-the service of patiently waiting on God‘s timing, on God’s direction, on God’s plan-can be the most difficult and grueling to render to God.
We are tempted, in a time of uncertainty or calamity, to rush to our own set of solutions; we might even feel irresponsible to simply wait prayerfully for the Lord to give clear direction. And yet we must.
Twice the command is repeated in this single verse: wait. Our answers are usually not the right answers. Our instincts cannot be trusted. Our hurried assessment will doubtless yield an inadequate response. So, dear believer, wait.
Wait on the Lord…
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