Crail Harbour, Fife, Scotland
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I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1 (NASB)

Waiting is something that generally none of us like, be it for someone to arrive, a cake or casserole in the oven, or the results of some important test. In my younger days most villagers travelled by bus, which definitely required a lot of waiting in all weathers. Recently I had to use a bus when the car was in the repair shop for a service, and it was an awful experience…my patience for waiting on buses has faded over the years. But as a Christian waiting on God is part of the walk with God which we all need to embrace.

You find waiting on God recommended throughout scripture; in Psalm 25:5 David says of God, “For you I wait all the day.”  Famously Psalm 27:14 encourages believers facing trials and attacks  to “wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 37:7 encourages believers to not worry about the prosperity of the wicked, but instead to “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.” And then in todays’ verse we see the reward for waiting on God; “He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

Dear reader, are you waiting on God at present amidst some trial that you are enduring? Keep waiting and take heart, He will incline His ear to you and hear your cry in due course. Do not cease waiting and praying brethren, be like Daniel who prayed through until an answer came (Daniel 9:23). 

19 thoughts on “Patiently Waiting

  1. Patience a Holy Spirit Gift is indeed something to be cultivated. Waiting on God is vital but patient ‘waiting’ ie for buses, doctors, etc etc is something very important as well to avoid heart stress as we age. A cardiologist Christian Doctor once told me this. He said Christians who ‘cultivate’ God’s patience Gift are my easiest patients to treat.

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    1. That is very useful information, similar to my neurosurgeon telling me that Christians with a hope in Christ have better and faster recovery times. God bless you sister.

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  2. Thank you Alan for the encouragement to be patient! In my dialogue with my children over technology, I’ve come to the realization that there is very little in this world anymore that trains one up to be patient. Just this week they asked how a rotary phone worked. I demonstrated the best I could. “Oh my goodness that must have taken forever” one of them commented. “Yep, I said and if you made a mistake you had to start all over again.” Funny how I never thought about the simple task of dialing the phone being a form of patience training.

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    1. You know these old phones have made a comeback, but they cost a fortune…a bit like old typewriters too! I suppose we can think of many things from our past that encouraged patience, like doing the washing in an old twin tub.

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  3. I agree patience is totally heavenly. I don’t have much of it even after waiting for Gods promise to me personally of 20 years going on 21! So I’m praying lord if you don’t go with me I’m not going like Moses said in the book of exodus! 🙏🏻

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