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I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry

Psalm 40 Verse 1

I often sympathised with our soldiers during the Gulf War. There they were in the desert, trained to fight the enemy, professionals; men and women prepared to die for their country. The enemy was so close, they knew that the battle would be won, and they couldn’t wait to get started.

Day after day they waited, trained to perfection. Days turned into weeks and even months, yet they could not take one step forward until their Commanding Officer gave the command to "go forward!" The victory was won in hours and all the preparation had been worth the wait.

Waiting is one of the most difficult activities for the child of God. How often in the Scriptures are the people of God told that their strength is to sit still. It is much easier to be up and doing something, anything but this awful waiting.

God never does anything in a hurry and He does all things well. We live in a day and age where everything is instant. Instant coffee, flick a switch and the lights come on, ready cooked meals, what next?

Instant answers to prayers!

What a dreadful mess we would be in if that were the case.

No dear friend, we have to learn patience, yes I know it’s the last word on earth that you want to hear, however it’s the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Sometimes it is the case that we spend months even years waiting for God, when all the time God is waiting for us!

If you are truly waiting for God, then my dear friend you can be assured that He will come, in His own time and in a Royal manner. There are times when God gives us a promise. We wait and wait for it to be fulfilled.

Nothing happens; in fact it seems more unlikely now than ever that it will come to pass! We often try to give God a helping hand in trying to bring it to pass as if He wasn’t capable of bringing it to pass Himself! We take our ‘step forward in faith’!

Wrong!

It wasn’t a step forward in faith it was a step forward in presumption!

There is no quick fix. Wait my friend, not murmuring against God. Wait and be good soldiers until the command comes to ‘go forward’.