Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stone....16th October 2017
Our Challenge as Christians and ministers of the gospel is how to find time in our busy schedules to wait on the Lord. Yet, there is little we can do if we do not spend time in His presence. You cannot mature and be truly effective as a Christian if you are not a man or woman of His presence. You can be busy ministering to yourself and the people, without really ministering to the Lord Himself. You may be busy with His work without a true knowledge of an intimacy with Him. This true knowledge borne out of intimacy is only possible when you learn to wait before the Lord; there is simply no other way.
Therefore we shall take time to look at this subject in detail because there is a difference between waiting before the Lord, waiting for the Lord and waiting on the Lord. When you wait before the Lord, you come before Him simply to be in His presence. This is not a casual visit of a few minutes or even an hour. You must devote a full day to the Lord, a day set apart for Him in which you do no work or business. Some things you can take with you to the waiting along with your Bible, are a book, a song book and writing materials in case the Lord speaks to you. You enter a room where you can be by yourself and maintain some quiet. When you come before the Lord, you tell Him you have come to wait before Him. Then simply wait. He may lead you to read the Scriptures or a book, place a song in your spirit or lead you to pray. Whatever He leads you to do just do it. This kind of waiting is not a fast but it may include one.
Waiting for the Lord on the other hand means you have an issue which you have brought before the Lord on which He is yet to speak. You do not or cannot go ahead to act without hearing clearly His opinion and /or will on the matter (Isaiah 50:4).
Waiting on the Lord however is a constant turning to the Lord in your daily affairs for His instructions and /or leading. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thy own eyes.. (Proverbs 3:5-7a)
To be continued
John Adeoluwa (Kumasi, Ghana).