What should a believer do when waiting on the Lord?

My oldest daughter began her Freshman year of high school back in August. Due to the late registration for classes, she wasn’t able to sign up for a couple elective classes because they were already full. She began the school year and had a good attitude about taking a couple of classes she wasn’t all that interested in.

One day, while talking to the band instructor about an after school club she approached the subject of her gift of playing the piano. Since he had no need for a piano player in the marching band, he suggested she speak to the chorus teacher. The chorus teacher was thrilled to have a piano player and made the arrangements for her to drop one of the electives she did not want.

Watching her demeanor throughout this time and this “trial” in her life, I learned the following about what we should do while we wait on the Lord.

  1. Be Prayerful and Thankful (Phil 4:6) – Be anxious for nothing, but by everything prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
  2. Be Content (Phil 4:11) – Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
  3. Be Joyful (James 1:2) – Count it all joy when fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
  4. Be of Good Courage (Psalm 27:14a) – Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage,
  5. Be Strengthened (Psalm 27:14b) – And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the Lord!

Finally, Isaiah 40:31 states the following:

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

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Be like a “Well” of Baca

Psalm 84:5-7 (NKJV)

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.

7 They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.

Scholars suggest that the Valley of Baca (or Valley of Tears) was a desert-like area on the way to Jerusalem. Many travelers would pass through this barren area on their way to the Temple. This desert land is a symbol of our life and our walk without God. Jerusalem, of course, is the place of the Temple – the presence of God.

In this Valley of Tears, travelers to the Temple would create springs or wells for the rain to gather. This would provide refreshment and comfort to future travelers. As believers of Jesus, we are called to be like those wells. We are called to bring that refreshment and comfort of Jesus to those traveling through the desert experiencing a trial or tribulation. We are called to bring the Good News to those that do not know Him (Matthew 28:19).