Learning to Wait


“I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3)

When we looked at this Scripture a few days ago, it was the “waiting expectantly” that first spoke to me. But I’ve been drawn back again to take a deeper look at how we are to seek the LORD’s guidance.

On any given day I can think of scores of needs. Big issues. Critical needs. And others that are real, but not so demanding. Something in me wants to prioritize my needs…and offer those that are deepest to the LORD. I want to get to the heart of my needs. But I was corrected by another translation of that verse: “Every morning I lay the pieces of my life on your altar>” All the pieces of my life… without prioritizing my need as I see them. Instead, letting the LORD do the prioritizing.

Then the next issue was the “waiting”. In the LORD’s school of waiting, I have a long list of failures. Particularly when it comes to “waiting expectantly”. Once I’ve prayed, I’m better at searching for answers than waiting for them.  Searching is my effort. Waiting is depending on God’s clear answer. Someone has  said that it’s “waiting for God’s fire to descend.” Discovering his unmistakably clear answer.

Prayer – Teach me, LORD, to wait deeply and expectantly. Amen.

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