Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“Wait for the Lord.”
It may seem like an easy thing to wait for the Lord, but, instead, it is rather a discipline learned by a Christian soldier over years of teaching. Marching and even quick-marching is much easier to God’s warriors than standing still. There are seasons of perplexity when the most willing spirit anxiously desires to serve the Lord but simply doesn’t know what he should do. Should he torment himself in despair, turn away in fear, or rush forward in presumption? No. He should but simply wait.
He should wait, first of all, in prayer. Call upon God, and spread the case before him. Tell him his difficulty, and plead with him to fulfill his promise of aid. It is sweet to wait with simplicity of soul upon the Lord. It is good for us to feel and know our own foolishness and to be willingly guided by him.
We must also wait in faith, expressing our unstaggering confidence in him. After all, unfaithful, untrusting waiting is an insult to the Lord. Believe that if he keeps you waiting– even until midnight– he will still come at the right time.
Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling under the affliction but blessing your God for it. Never complain about your circumstances as the children of Israel did. Never wish to go back to the world again, but accept your situation as it is, putting it into the hand of your covenant God. Say, “Lord, not my will, but yours be done. I don’t know what to do; I have come to the very edge, but my heart is fixed on you alone, O God. You will yet be my joy, my salvation, my refuge, and my strong tower.” [M&E]