I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalms 130:5
This verse gives us two specific instructions: wait for the Lord and put your hope in his word.
So many times we want to rush ahead of the Lord. We think we know what action to take and how to proceed, but the Bible clearly instructs us to wait for the Lord to work, to instruct and to lead.
Sometimes it is difficult for us to wait. We are an impatient culture - we have become accustomed to instant food, quick service and other immediate satisfaction of our desires and needs. We, many times, are so self-centered that we want what we want “right now.” No matter what.
God, however, sees the whole picture. He knows our every need. Sometimes waiting, seeking God’s guidance and gaining understanding through his word is part of the process of meeting our needs.
While waiting on the Lord, we must put our hope in him. The Bible is a treasure chest brimming with hope. Reading Old Testament stories of ordinary people with extraordinary lives inspire us and reaffirm that God is who he says he is and that he can do what he says he will do. Psalms 119 gives us 176 verses regarding the importance of the word of God. In the New Testament, we gain strength from Jesus’ life and teachings as well as knowledge imparted by the apostles’ letters.
However, to receive hope and encouragement from the scriptures, we must take time to read and study the Bible. Like a buried treasure chest full of riches that is of no worth covered from view, the Bible must be uncovered, read and applied to our lives to enjoy its riches.
Lord, help me this day to wait on you before I leap into matters that need more prayer and guidance. Help me to gain knowledge of you by reading your word that I might have hope in all situations, recognizing that you know what’s best for me.