Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Lord Waits

Originally posted Tuesday, September 21, 2004

But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them. ~ Isaiah 30:18; NLT

I am full of talk. When I am feeling down it is easy for me to talk about waiting on the Lord and trusting the plans of God, but my actions tell a different story. Rather than going to God for comfort I seek other ways to distract myself from the circumstances that I find myself in, and then I wonder why nothing changes in my life.

In Isaiah God makes it clear that He wants to help us. His desire is to show us the love, the grace, and the forgiveness that we need to have in our lives. Though God's love is unconditional and is offered to everyone; we still must choose to go to God in order to receive it. We will not discover it while we are trying to find life on our own.

How do we receive the love and the life God has for us? King David in Psalm 51 gives us an insight on how we are to approach God:
You would not be pleased with sacrifices, or I would bring them. If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it. The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise (vv. 16, 17; NLT).

We are not to approach God with a religious piety and tradition. Going through the motions of a religion does not move God's heart. What moves the heart of God is when we approach Him weak and broken; not because He enjoys to see our suffering, but because it is when we are broken that we are most apt to realize that our only hope is God. Until we approach the throne of God broken and repentant we will never realize the awesome love God has for us. Pride is the biggest obstacle we have in experiencing the love God has for us.

When we are prideful we look to change our circumstance on our own. We will pursue happiness the way we think is best. We may say all the right things and do all the right things, but pride will keep us from experiencing God's love.

I am so tired of mouthing the right things and ignoring God. My pride has kept me from admitting my weakness and my need for God's strength. My prayer is that I come before God broken and repentant, calling on Him for mercy and grace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow.... I just want to thank you. You have no idea how much I needed to hear this right now, and how directly it speaks to me... I completely understand your analogy with the "Wanna Get Away" commercials. It seems that all my life I tend to push God away when I make a mistake because I am ashamed and feel undeserving, although I am already undeserving of the sacrifice He's made for me... Yet He knew every mistake I would make in my life and still died for me, and He offers this life of freedom - freely.
I can't understand how He is so patient and wonderful, and I can't understand why I have not learned by now to stop running from Him when I make mistakes, but run to Him! I still feel like just a child in His presence, and as I walk with Him, I trip numerous times. But He waits to catch me...
Lately, I have been running and running and running, and all of a sudden it has all caught up to me. I can't run any longer and I am so tired, but I have not had the motivation to bring myself back to Him. I know He's waiting, I can feel Him knocking on the door of my heart, and I just need to let Him in.. It's so much easier said than done.
But to read this tonight in my own state of brokenness has brought a wave of encouragement, and these are wonderful scriptures to meditate on. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and what God has shown you, so raw and real. He has truly given you great wisdom and insight, and I look forward to reading more of your "ponderings".
Signed With Hope.

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