NONE BUT THE HUNGRY HEART

Friday, February 22, 2019

2-22. Waiting On God

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7).

In times of crisis, we are prone to question His care; in times of calm, we tend to forget our need of His care.

“Don’t look at earthly difficulties. Saul said, ‘Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not. . . therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me’ (1 Sam. 13:11, 12). It is fatal to look around and at consequences, especially in times of crisis, for it will be impossible to be still, and wait God’s time for deliverance. Jesus came to them in the fourth watch of the night (Matt. 14:25). It is always His way. God is never behind time! However dark the path may be, wait; do not go before Him, don’t force yourself, like Saul. ‘The crisis demands action,’ we say! Nay, ‘dwell in stillness and wait for clearness’—wait until you are sure of the will of God, and leave the ‘Philistines’ to Him.” -T. A-S.

“Victory comes through the reckoning of faith and not through struggling and striving. ‘But,’ it may be asked, ‘are we not exhorted to ‘fight the good fight’? Yes, that is so, but you must please finish the text, ‘Fight the good fight of faith,’ and faith never struggles for victory. Faith stands in victory.”

“The unbelieving heart looks at the circumstances, and leaves God out. Faith, on the contrary, looks only at God, and leaves circumstances out. Faith delights in man’s extremity, simply because it is God’s opportunity. It delights in being ‘shut up’ to God—in having the platform thoroughly cleared of the creature, in order that God may display His glory.”

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Ps. 62:5).