“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.” Psalm 130.5
My quiet times before the LORD can hardly be characterized as spiritually seismic. His presence has never shaken the room, nor has His voice thunderously boomed. Perhaps some day I might have a Moses burning bush experience, or an Isaiah temple experience, but I’m not counting on it, or disappointed by the absence of such an experience. I wait for Him, not for what He might do. And, as the Psalmist says, that waiting is in His word. What He says and reveals is to be found in His word, the Bible. It is amazing how many people want to have some revelation or audible voice from Him, all while ignoring what He has already revealed and spoken through His written word.
In case you haven’t tried it, sitting down in the morning or at night to read a portion of the Bible and meditate on what it says can have a profound impact on your life. It’s His direct word to you. And, as we’ve been stating, it is a book of hope as surely as He is the God of hope. So, if you want a hope-based life, here’s the starting point as well as the sustaining practice.
That word, “wait,” is again found in this verse. It is a word that promises that this is no quick-fix solution. Patient persistence waiting for the LORD Himself and His word is the key. As you may have surmised, the results will not come overnight. Or maybe even the next night. We’re talking about a life-long discipline, not a quick formula. But, I guarantee it is worth it.
- From the upcoming book, "Hope for Uncertain Times."
©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission