He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock;
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”
Dear friends and family,
It’s once again time for our monthly devotional teaching of Honey From the Rock. The weather is beginning to turn cooler and we can see signs of autumn in the creation around us. We watch as all creation prepares for the coming of the fall and winter seasons where the need for God’s provision and care are more evident than ever. Just as the earth patiently waits for and trusts the provision and care of the Lord so we too must learn to wait on the Lord for the hopes, promises and needs of our lives. This month we are going to do a short teaching on “Waiting on the Lord.”
14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! NKJV
When we read God’s command in the Psalms to wait on the Lord, at first glance we may think that’s an easy thing to do, but it is actually something that every Christian has to LEARN to do. The creation around us trusts naturally the care and provision of God; man however has to LEARN that trust.
6 So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually. NKJV
It takes years of teaching to learn this simple lesson. Moving quickly and getting things resolved are much easier to God’s people than standing still. In times of confusion or when we’re troubled by the circumstances around us, or our own sin and foolish mistakes, even the most willing spirit is sometimes anxious to know what to do and which road to take. It’s at times like these when we are tempted to fall to the temptation of taking matters into our own hands and forging forward with our own plans and ideas of what is right, beneficial or expedient for ourselves. When we question, “What should I do?” We are faced with several choices. Do we fall into despair, self-pity, hopelessness, guilt or condemnation? Flee and hide in cowardice, turn to the right hand or the left hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? Or do we simply wait.
31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. NKJV
The Lord is waiting on us to wait on HIM so He can pour out His goodness upon us and show Himself strong!
18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him NKJV
The answer , of course, is yes, we wait; but we wait in prayer. The word “wait” means to entwine with, twist together, or to become one with. It is not a passive word, but an active word. But the activity is not that of the flesh but of the spirit. Call upon God, and present your case before Him; tell Him your difficulty, and ask Him for His promise of help. If you’ve sinned repent and trust in His forgiveness. When we have dilemmas between one choice and another, it’s then that we should be humble as a child, and simply command our souls (minds, wills and emotions) to wait upon the Lord. I had a friend that always used to say: “Put your emotions and thoughts under the knees of your spirit man.” That was wise, sound, and scriptural advice that I still live by today. Hebrews invites us to come BOLDLY before the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need. James tells us we have not because we ask not. Remember – to wait is to become entwined with HIM.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul (mind, will and emotions) waits, and in His word I do hope. NKJV
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. NKJV
5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. NKJV
It is a good thing for us when we feel and know our own foolishness and limitations, and we’re willing and wait with all our heart to be guided by the will of God. We wait, yes, but we wait in faith. Express your unwavering confidence in Him; because unfaithful, untrusting waiting accomplishes nothing for the Kingdom and is not pleasing to the Lord. Believe that if He waits even till midnight, He will come at the right time; “the vision shall come and shall not tarry.”
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. NKJV
Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling because you are under the pressure or affliction, or the fear and guilt of your own sin; but bless the Lord in it. Tell him of your confidence to come and deliver, see you through to victory, or change the situation according to His will. Praise him in and through it all. Never murmur against him, as the children of Israel did; never wish you could go back to the world’s ways again in its thoughts or attitudes, but accept the situation as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but Your will be done. I don’t know what to do; I am at the end of my wisdom, strength and ability, but I will wait until you calm the storm or drive back my enemies. I will wait no matter how long it takes because my heart is fixed on you alone, Oh God, and my spirit waits for you in the full conviction that you will yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.” NKJV
7 Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. 8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.“
Lord even if I am the one who missed the mark (sinned) and it resulted in the situation I now face – I believe your word. Your promises are true. You ARE the great I AM and you will never leave me or forsake me. You will never fail me Father. My trust is in you no matter what my eyes see, my ears hear, my emotions feel, or my “self” desires. For YOU ALONE ARE GOD and You ALONE direct my path, protect and deliver me.
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. NKJK
In His Love,
Solid Rock Ministries