Wait for the Lord.
Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land…
Psalm 37:34 (NKJV)
When some see the phrase, ‘wait for the Lord’, or ‘wait on the Lord’, they think that we are to do nothing! Just hang around while God does His thing! Might I suggest, though, that we are to wait like a good waiter does in a top restaurant?
You may see him talking to other waiters, but he is not doing nothing! His eyes are on the people at his table, looking for any flicker which shows they have a need, and then he jumps to fulfil it. We should perhaps think of ourselves like that waiter and see God, as the restaurant owner, sitting at our table. We keep our eyes upon Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, and look out for them to signal us to move forward and do the works prepared for us (Eph 2:10).
If there is no signal from them, we can be polishing the cutlery, folding the napkins, getting other tables ready for guests. So we take a breather, though not idle, until the next call. But, always, our eyes are on the Lord.
People may look down on us mere waiters, but sometimes after work the owner locks the door and calls for food and drink to be brought out and set on His table. Then he invites all the waiters and other staff, and also His friends and family, to join Him for a meal. There is food, wine, music, and dancing that everyone can enjoy.
This table is not for those who deride the friends of the owner (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). He prepares this table in sight of them, but not for them. Rather, it’s for those who wait on the Lord, and, ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow [them] All the days of [their] lives; And [they] will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.’ (Psalms 23:6).
Almighty God, thank you for giving us a part in the work that you are doing, in bringing all to love and ‘wait’ on you. Let us always look to you Jesus our Blessed Hope, to you Holy Spirit our perfect Guide, and you our Only Father, who bids us to your bountiful table of life everlasting. Amen.
Study by Attlee Brathwaite
About the writer:
Atlee Brathwaite is a Deacon and a member of the Pastoral Council in the Central London congregation of Grace Communion International.
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