- BESTOW ACCELERATION TO MY CALL PSALMS 102:2
Incline Your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
No one enjoys waiting. No one has ever told me what a charge they get out of waiting on the Lord. Waiting demands patience. And the development of patience doesn’t cultivate easily. In fact it is miserable to hear that troubles are the source of patience.
Patience is endurance and perseverance, which are qualities that don’t grow effortlessly. Patience is the ability to tolerate waiting, delay, and frustration without becoming agitated or upset.
|Patience is the knack of controlling our emotions. It is adjusting and regulating our impulses so we can proceed calmly when faced with difficulties. It comes from the Latin root word “patiens” which means to suffer, to endure, to bear.
How can we tolerate delay and learn to wait? Isaiah writes that if we wait on the Lord we will renew our strength and fly above problems like Eagles. Isa. 40:31
Galatians 5 tells us patience is a fruit of the Spirit. So we have to confess when we’re exasperated. When we get frustrated it reveals our desire to rule our own lives. We need to yield to Jesus as our Lord. We need God’s Spirit to fill us, and to empower and direct. This is waiting on the Lord.
Trouble develops patience by showing us our need of the Lord in our lives. We see our impatience and call to Jesus to Incline His ear unto us: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
Waiting doesn’t mean our circumstances change. But waiting on the Lord is praying about every issue we face. The Lord will help us, strengthen us and guide us. Waiting is looking expectantly for the Lord. William MacDonald writes: “It is absurd to think that He cares less for His people than for the stars which He guides so unerringly.”
“He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength” Isaiah 40:29. God helps those who need it the most.
Waiting on God is the condition for finding God’s help. Waiting is patience, faith, and surrender to the Lord. Ole Hallesby writes: Prayer and helplessness are inseparable. Only he who is helpless can truly pray.”
“ Christ’s Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” Rom 8: 26. It almost seems that the help of the Spirit is triggered by our helplessness. To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.
When we feel most totally helpless, we should be confident that God is with us and is listening to our prayer. He will help us wait and His Spirit pours patience into us.