BY: Cindy Jackson
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BIBLE TEXT I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. –Psalm 40:1
When You said, “Seek My face, my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” –Psalm 27:8
PERSONAL REFLECTION: David was a man after God’s own heart, but still he had to wait on God’s promises. He not only had to wait over 20 years to be king from the time Samuel anointed him, but for a large part of that time he ran, hid, and lived in fear for his life as Saul tried to kill him. His kingship didn’t come immediately upon his anointing; he had to wait . . . and wait, not only to be king, but for deliverance. This explains the numerous times that we see the word “wait” used throughout the psalms. Often we see the word “wait” paired with “patiently.” These words came from a place, not only of distress and agony but a place of belief.
Another word used frequently throughout Psalms is the word “seek.” We find this word often in the same chapter with “wait.” I can’t help but believe that David was able to wait patiently because he was seeking God while he waited. He was focused on the One who promised instead of the promise itself.
When I was growing up, the commercial came out for the tootsie pop, using the slogan “How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?” Trust me, after all these years, I still don’t know the answer to that. After just a few licks, I would bite right into that gooey center. I wasn’t into, as my father repeatedly said, deferred gratification. I wanted everything when I wanted it, which was that very moment.
This past year has been a year of waiting, waiting and seeking the Lord.
“Lord, what about this health issue with this child?” “Wait.”
“What about this child who needs a job?” “Wait.”
“Father, what am I going to do? This stage of my life is almost complete. I need a plan.” Again He said, “Wait.”
“Lord, You’ve put dreams in my heart. I’m 52 years old. Don’t You think it’s time?” “Child, I said wait.”
So, I’ve waited. While I’ve waited, I have sought the Lord. I’ve chased Him with all my heart. The waiting has gotten easy because I’ve found that I can wait forever when I’m waiting with the Love of my life. His timing is perfect, and He is good; I see it every day as slowly He answers my prayers and unfolds dreams in His perfect way and plan. So, I continue to wait and seek.
PRAYER: Lord, we have so many cares, concerns, dreams, and desires. After we’ve given them to you, help us to seek You and only You while we wait patiently, in belief, knowing that You hear our cries and answer our prayers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy has been married to Tim for twenty-eight years and has three children: Audrey (23), Tyler (20), and Drew (17). Cindy has been a home school mom for twenty years and has been teaching other home school students for eighteen years. Studying and teaching the Word, reading, writing, and healthy cooking are her favorite pastimes.