Tag: Wait on The Lord

The Patience To Wait for the Vision

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Though it tarries, wait for it… —Habakkuk 2:3

Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, nor because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God. “…he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue— he is devoted to God Himself. You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it. Things come to you with greatness and add vitality to your life because everything is energized by God. He may give you a time spiritually, with no word from Himself at all, just as His Son experienced during His time of temptation in the wilderness. When God does that, simply endure, and the power to endure will be there because you see God.

Though it tarries, wait for it….” The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have already grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. The psalmist said, “What shall I render to the Lord…? I will take up the cup of salvation…” (Psalm 116:12-13). We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, “Now I’ve got it! Now I am completely sanctified. Now I can endure.” Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. Paul said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on…” (Philippians 3:12). If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing. But if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience. Beware of the danger of spiritual relaxation.

by Oswald Chambers

Two pillars of peace

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You … In the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (Isaiah 26:3, 8).

When you are facing challenging days, Satan wants to rob you of all hope by consuming you with foreboding thoughts. You can get bogged down in fear if you obsess about uncertain times or waste time trying to figure out the future.

Isaiah was overwhelmed by what he saw happening in the world around him, but Scripture reveals that he enjoyed great peace for two reasons:

Isaiah was in constant communion with God in prayer. “O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (26:8). Isaiah was prepared for anything because he was already “praying without ceasing.

He abandoned himself to simple trust in the Lord, his Rock. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (26:4). “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song” (12:2).

The same wonderful outlook that Isaiah had in the perilous times of his day is available to us today. The promises of rest apply to “all whose minds are stayed on him.

It will be said in that day: ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).

As the storm rages around you, are you going to the Lord in prayer, as Isaiah did? If so, then you are gaining strength. Fix your mind on your sovereign heavenly Father’s love and he will continually reveal his power to you and encourage you that you will make it through.

by David Wilkerson