Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
8 and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. 9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. (Nehemiah 4:9-8)
If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:19)
This is a follow-on from my last post which talked about predicting the future in order to prepare and protect yourself from evil.
When I was praying about this as the Lord showed me my own heart on this matter, the words Wait, Watch and Willing came to me. These words I believe contain an antidote to the desire to predict the future so that you can avoid danger.
Waiting on the Lord (as in Isaiah 40:31) is mentioned a lot in scripture.
The Strong’s entry is as follows:
qâvâh, kaw-vaw’; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
The word ‘waiting’ gives the impression of a servant who is standing waiting for their master to give them an order. But I believe ‘waiting’ implies more than just service, it is also literally about waiting, standing and not doing anything until… You are not running around trying to control everything or ensuring everything is just so until.. You are actually literally quiet, patient and at peace while you listen for God’s instruction. You are waiting for God to make it clear to you what you are to do.
Waiting on the Lord also involves watching. I am reminded of the covenant between Abraham and the Lord in Genesis 15 where he had to wait for the Lord to come and ‘sign’ the covenant agreement as it were. He had to fight off the carrion birds who wanted to feast on the dead animals he had just laid down, and it was a process of waiting and watching to see that the elements of the covenant were not disturbed. This was holy ground, carrion birds represent evil, or satanic messengers who want to disrupt and destroy all that God wants to do in your life. They particularly like times in your life when God hasn’t given you a time frame for a promise. They will come as doubts, fears, concerns, insistence that YOU do something about the situation NOW in your own strength. This is where the divination thing comes in handy. You can take matters into your own hands, you can do what is necessary to produce the outcome you deem acceptable to God rather than let God show you what is acceptable to Him.
Saul was particularly good at this from very early in his life. He was always trying to impress authorities, especially Samuel, yet when God told him to do something specific he went about it in his own sweet way and then had the gall to explain his disobedience to Samuel as ‘just trying to help out’. 1 Samuel 15 has the story.
Willingness therefore to obey God is also a key part of the prescription. You need to wait on God to find out the answer to your prayer, you need to watch that the enemy himself is not trying to deceive you as an angel of light and when you have tested the spirits and understand what God wants you to do, you need to be willing to do it.
This last I believe is pivotal to our success as Christians. I hate that word, what I mean is living and walking in the peace which passes all understanding. We can’t disobey God and live in peace it just won’t work. You might think you have peace for a little while, but the Holy Spirit will always agitate your soul and conviction will come, if your heart is soft. You will not be able to simply sin and walk away without knowing it. So willingness to obey means that you are not in control of your own life and it is clear that obedience to God brings blessings (Deuteronomy 28).
And for me, the key to all of the above is loving Jesus. To know Jesus is to love Jesus and we can’t love Jesus unless God first loved us. So, receiving God’s love and responding to it with our own love in relationship will lead to a desire to obey God. Not because he is God and the ultimate authority, but because we understand God to be the author only of good and perfect works. We know that any suffering or trauma that comes upon us which is not of our own making is a result of the sins of mankind and living in a fallen world. Satan also is the author of a great deal of suffering of course. But it is the fear of the unpredictability of difficulty which causes many of us, myself included, to work towards a solution of our own making. If we can control the outcome, we are empowered against misfortune right? Wrong. As I said in the previous post, misfortune almost never comes in the form which we expect it to. If it comes, it often hits us out of the blue, and sometimes from sources we would never have expected in a million years. So thinking we can control our futures is actually pretty foolish. Satan makes us a laughing stock, of course he is the one laughing at us, not God. He fools us into thinking we are ‘like God’ in knowing the difference between good and evil, when in actual fact, we don’t know the difference.
Scripture tells us that God makes all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28). That is such a great verse. So if God can make even evil work for good, and here I am reminded of Joseph that great illustration of the triumph of the God-chosen over abusive relatives, then how can we, puny humans, think that we can know what is best for us. We will never see the big picture as God sees it, but we insist that we know what is good. We must never forget that we live in a world where every action has an equal and opposite reaction and that every human being’s actions have consequences, whether seen or unseen. We do not live in this world encased in impenetrable bubbles.
Wait on the Lord, Watch for the enemy, be Willing to obey where God shows you what to do. It’s far better than Predict, Prepare, Protect, which sounds more like the motto of a security firm than a child of the Father. There are two kinds of ‘watching’. The kind that surveillance firms do and the kind that God’s people do. This ‘watcher’ woman has spent most of her life doing the former. Repentance is truly a beautiful thing.