But, Lord, I Can’t Wait!
Read Proverbs Chapter 2
Pr 2:1 My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.
In forethought, we must understand that the writer is writing about Wisdom, but Wisdom and the Lord are meant to be interchangeable as he pens Proverbs.
The bible is consistent. It pleads for us to seek God over and above any other pursuits. It begs for us to spend our entire lives in a quest to know God and to know His will for our lives. The bible clearly explains to us that life is about Him, for Him, and with Him. All other things we might love in life are incomparable to the rewards and joys of knowing our Lord. If I may, let me paint a picture of our pursuits in a personal way, using myself as an example.
I’m looking for something:
1. To make me happy.
2. To help me cope with the rigors of life.
3. To relieve my stress.
4. To make me feel good.
5. To give me an exhilaration, an emotional ‘high.’
6. To relieve my boredom.
These are some of the things which I have pursued over the course of my lifetime. I have attempted to satisfy these desires with many things of this world. All of those solutions have provided only temporary relief. There are no worldly answers to the worries and stresses of life, other than the one mentioned in this passage from Proverbs. There is nothing other than our pursuit of Godly goals which will bring about permanent, eternal satisfaction.
Sure, having God beside us does not always satisfy our desires in the way we would like to have them satisfied. We would much prefer that we never again have to experience a need for any of the six things we looked at above. It would be a great blessing if we never again had to suffer the call of those desires. That is not what God promises us in His word.
What He promises is simple; whenever we have a need, we are to come to Him for our answers. He will have a plan to bring about His will and His work for our lives. He may or may not give us immediate relief from our stressful situation. However, He will definitely use it to bring about something good in our lives. We won’t necessarily understand what He is doing or how He is going to resolve our issues, but we can be absolutely sure that what He has in store for us will reap benefits which we will only see clearly at some future time.
Our lives, under the leadership and direction of God, are not intended to be stress-free. That has never been God’s purpose for His children. Therefore, when we are experiencing our trials, we must wait on Him, trust Him, and seek Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. We do what the writer of Proverbs suggests. We accept His words, store up His commands within ourselves, turn our ears to wisdom, apply our hearts to understanding, call out for insight, cry aloud for understanding, and look for it as we would a hidden treasure. Then we will receive all the blessings mentioned in verses 5-8. Well worth the effort.
Prayer: Lord, this is so difficult! We want relief from our stresses now. We don’t want to wait, and we sure don’t want to patiently endure them. Give us the courage and willingness to wait upon You, and trust that You are fully engaged in our situations, bringing about a good ending to everything we endure.