Are You Hungry For God?
... Waiting Is A Magnet That Woos His Presence.
God is a rewarder of those who wait for Him. Let yourself be known by Him; give Him access to your heart. He will take care of the rest. He promised.
Generally, we can measure the value that people put on something by the amount of patience exhibited when trying to acquire it. Although people are often unwilling to stay very long in a church service, they will spend the night waiting to get tickets for the Super Bowl or the World Series! God knows our frame of mind (see Ps.103:14). He knows that when we practice the godly attribute of patience solely to capture His presence, then we have placed a great value on what is nearest to His heart. Patient waiting draws the Spirit’s presence to us.
Waiting is a magnet that woos His coming. The Holy Spirit spoke to a noted prophetic minister, and personal friend, John Paul Jackson, and said, “Tell them, if they’ll wait, I will come.” Worship is tied closely to this. Even a casual reading of the Gospels reveals that worship was the attitude and posture of many who came to Jesus for a supernatural touch. They often bowed down in reverent worship before making and receiving their request. As you wait upon the Lord and worship, let your faith go up to Him and expect great things! He loves to bless those who anticipate great results from Him by faith. Waiting expectantly and worship fit together like a hand in a glove.
Once we learn to tap into this inner spiritual well of quietness and contemplation in the very presence of our Beloved, we will discover a source of peace, strength, and stability that the world knows nothing about. We find this theme over and over in Isaiah.
- You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
- In repentence and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15
- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is unscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, the vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31
The way we tap into this source of inner life, peace, strength, and confidence is by learning to quiet ourselves and wait on the Lord. To put it another way, we need to learn how to practice the presence of God in our daily lives.
The closer we get to the Lord, the gentler His voice becomes. The more we learn how to listen, the easier it becomes to hear Him speak. It is always a faith walk. Sometimes we may feel like nothing is happening, but the reality is that we are soaking up His presence. Then, when we least expect it, at God's appointed time He "opens the valve", and floods of blessing and glory come gushing out of us that we had no idea had even been deposited there.