Tuesday, July 1, 2008

how to waIt

 From Streams in the Desert  By Charles Cowan
(1) How To Wait
"Blessed is he that waiteth" (Dan. 12:12).
It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one
of the postures which a Christian soldier learns
not without years of teaching. Marching and
quick-marching are much easier to God's warriors
than standing still.
There are hours of perplexity when the most
willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the
Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what
shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in
cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or
rush forward in presumption?
No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however.
Call upon God and spread the case before Him;
tell Him your difficulty, and plead His promise
of aid.
Wait in faith. Express your unstaggering
confidence in Him. Believe that if He keep you
tarrying even till midnight, yet He will come at
the right time; the vision shall come, and shall
not tarry.
Wait in quiet patience. Never murmur against the
second cause, as the children of Israel did
against Moses. Accept the case as it is, and put
it as it stands, simply and with your whole
heart, without any self-will, into the hand of
your covenant God, saying, "Now, Lord, not my
will, but Thine be done. I know not what to do; I
am brought to extremities; but I will wait until
Thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive back my
foes. I will wait, if Thou keep me many a day,
for my heart is fixed upon Thee alone, O God, and
my spirit waiteth for Thee in full conviction
that Thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation, my
refuge and my strong tower." --Morning by Morning
Wait patiently wait, 
God never is late; 
Thy budding plans are in Thy Father's holding, 
And only wait His grand divine unfolding. 
Then wait, wait, 
Patiently wait.
Trust, hopefully trust, 
That God will adjust 
Thy tangled life; and from its dark concealings, 
Will bring His will, in all its bright
Then trust, trust, 
Hopefully trust.
Rest, peacefully rest 
On thy Saviour's breast; 
Breathe in His ear thy sacred high ambition, 
And He will bring it forth in blest fruition.
Then rest, rest,
Peacefully rest! --Mercy A. Gladwin


BethAnne said...

Oh I am terrible at waiting.

Rachel said...

I love "Streams in the Desert." Just today I flipped the calendar in my kitchen and the verse on it for this month is:
"I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He tuned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing..." Psalm 40: 1,2,3a

Maryanna said...

Thanks for posting that. I need to learn how to wait more patiently. Sometimes I feel like an impatient child that wants candy NOW.