Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Is there something in your future that you are dreading? Do you wonder if you’ll have the strength to endure it? Do you distrust yourself? Do you have a great fear of failure? It is such thoughts that produce fear, anxiety, and eventually depression in the human heart. But it is to just such things that faith in God speaks.
The reason we don’t trust ourselves, is that many of us have learned that we often can’t be trusted. We don’t know how we’ll react, or we don’t know what we will do if certain things we dread would enter our lives in the future. What if we face should financial difficulties? What if we lose our job? What if someone dies, someone we love and someone we don’t think we could ever do without? What if our parents get sick and need cared for? What if a hurricane strikes, or some other tragedy enters our life? What if the stock market fails? It goes on and on.
That is why we need something to lean on. If we think we are strong enough to lean on ourselves, we also, deep down, know our own weaknesses, or at least we should hope we do. There is a breaking point for any person, for none of us is omnipotent. Not one of us can withstand all the things that might assail us. And anyone else we might lean on has a breaking point as well. It is only if the thing or being we lean on is omnipotent that we can have confidence to face anything in the future. And it is exactly this that faith in the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Creator of the universe can give us.
It is in times of trouble that the Christian is commanded to wait; wait on the only One that will come through for us, no matter what. Nothing is too hard for Him. His strength never fails. But we are commanded to just wait – for His timing is perfect and His methods are wise. It is in seeking His face and growing in our knowledge of Him that this ability to wait on Him ultimately comes. The more we know Him, the more we know we can trust Him. And the more we trust Him, we more we know we can face the future, no matter what comes. We can trust this One who has said the following wonderful words to those who will but wait on Him: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34).”