Words from the Heart for Friday February 24th, 2017
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
Wait on the Lord
Every one of us would want to have both courage and strength. The anxious person sits in near paralysis with no idea of how to move forward. It would be like waiting for someone to come that is late—very late. We could begin to think they had failed and forgotten us. It’s just not that way with the Lord. We can have confidence that He is reliable. We can count on Him.
Polls show that Canadians support our health care system, with the exception of long wait times for elective surgery. This past November the Fraser Institute released their annual report on wait times, and it stated that average wait time is 20 weeks. The Canadian Medical Association, said that long wait times are “usually a symptom of poor health system performance or poor coordination between systems that need to be addressed.” When patients get referred by their general practitioner, for example, their doctor is in the dark about how long wait times may be on the other end. Patients could wait weeks then follow up with their GP to see if a specialist will be in touch. Some provinces, Ontario and Manitoba are designing online tools to make the transition seamless and transparent for doctors, specialists and patients.
The pace of life today can seem a bit overwhelming. I notice it most when I am away from my email inbox for a few hours. I can sometimes come back to dozens of emails. A generation ago people would send a letter by what we now call “snail mail” and wouldn’t expect a reply for days, maybe weeks. Now they look for a reply in the next few minutes. We are not used to waiting. But God is. He doesn’t measure time like we do. For the Lord a thousand years is but a day and day but a thousand years. A fruit of the Spirit is patience, and in our day we usually pray “Lord, give me patience and give it to me right now.” But that isn’t what the Bible teaches. Psalm 27:14 instructs us: “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” We don’t know the context of this Psalm. Some commentators think David wrote this while being chased by Saul before he became king. Others think it might have been when he was old and had been delivered from the giant Abishai. Whenever he wrote it we know that David is teaching us from his experience. God doesn’t always act when we want Him to, in our time. But as we wait, we can expect one thing – God’s strength for the battle. You can count on that today.
These have been words from the heart.