5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5
Waiting on the Lord can be difficult, uncomfortable, and hard. There is a deep work that takes place in our hearts as we wait upon the Lord. Our faith and trust continues to grow deeper as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His promise. God is always faithful and His timing is always perfect. But this is very difficult because He often doesn’t tell us when something will happen. What I have found as I have waited on the Lord and continue to wait upon Him is that He simply continues to lead me to His word.
He leads me to examples in His word of people who have had to wait upon Him. He leads me to promises in His word that He is faithful and will complete what He has begun in us by His grace and His power. But this journey is all about growing in Him and becoming more and more like Him. This only happens as patience is developed in our lives and patience is also known as long suffering. Often times for patience to be developed in a life of a person they must be willing to suffer for a long period of time.
Suffering is never enjoyable while we are going through it, but there is a purpose behind it. Those our Father loves He prunes and that pruning process can be very painful and uncomfortable. But we must be willing to yield and surrender our hearts to the Lord and His will. One of the most difficult things in our Christian journey is surrendering our hearts and lives to the will of God. God is faithful and fulfill every promise and plan. But waiting upon Him for His timing and His way can be hard but is always designed with a purpose.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NKJV
What the world presents as love is not love at all. What the world often speaks and presents as love is simply lust. But when we examine God’s word we see that the greatest thing we have in this world is the love of God. As we grow in our relationship with God, His love fills our hearts and lives. We begin to see the world around us through the love of God. It is the love that God has for us that led Jesus to the cross. It is God’s love that held Jesus to the cross. In everything that Jesus did He did it because of the love He has for us. May we be filled each day with God’s love and impact the world around us with the love of God. We know that the love of God suffers long, does not envy, does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked. God’s love is amazing and as we come to know Him we simply come to know and understand the depths of His love for us. May we draw near and simply seek His face with our whole heart.
7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7
Our redemption is found through the precious blood of Jesus. Our redemption is not based on our works, our performance, following the law, or our behavior. It is simply based on faith in Jesus Christ. When our faith is placed in Jesus Christ our sins have been nailed to the cross with Jesus. So many today have a false perception of Christianity in which they think it is about following a bunch of rules. But in fact it is about intimacy with God Almighty. As we simply follow Him each day our lives are transformed by His grace, love, and power. As we follow Him we simply develop a hunger for God’s word and for spending time in prayer. As we begin to pray each day it is the Holy Spirit who leads us and causes us to grow. Everything we have in Christ is about growing in our relationship with Him. The more we grow in Him, the more we become just like Him.