“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
The words “wait” and “patience” go hand-in-hand. This is true in baseball as well. We tell hitters often to “wait” for a good pitch to hit. Be “patient” don’t chase bad pitches out of the zone.
To wait-patiently continues to be a work in progress in my life. I suspect you may have some of the same challenges as well.
When God says one word in a verse it’s important that we pay attention. However, when He says the same words multiple times in the same verse, we had better pay very close attention!
Sandwiched between the words “wait patiently” is the word “courageous.” I find it interesting how God chose to neatly tuck that word in there.
God knows how important it is that we remain “courageous” while we wait patiently for Him to say, “Yes, No, Slow or Go.”
Waiting to hear the test results from the doctor, a new job offer, the right spouse to marry, the right time to move on buying that house, vindicated when wronged by others, interstate grid-lock on the highways, a wayward child who is far from God, or a distant parent who’s checked out on their family. The list could be endless. Here is the reality: steadfast courage will be needed as we “wait patiently” for the Lord.
It is vital that we do not get impatient and run ahead of God. God says clearly that we are to “wait patiently.”
You want God’s blessing? Wait Patiently. You want God’s favor? Wait Patiently. You want to be in God’s will? Wait Patiently. Easy to say, harder to do! “Wait-Patiently.”
Because remember, the pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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