Wait on the Lord

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How empty are our conceptions of Deity!  We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind.  We plead for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions.  Are we really grateful for the good already received?  Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.  Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks.  Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health 3:17)

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05/04/2012

Wait on the Lord

By the editors of the Christian Science Sentinel

From an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel

 

Does “waiting on the Lord” imply a passive acceptance of deferred good? Or does it rather, perhaps, mean we should wait on God right now, as a waiter or waitress waits on a table? A good waiter is proactive, alert, and fully involved in serving the customer. There is a vital, mutually beneficial relationship between the one who is served and the one who is the server.

Several people in the Bible demonstrated that serving God, even in the midst of difficult or extreme circumstances, transformed those circumstances into instances of healing and adversity overcome. Instead of waiting for something better to happen in the future, they accepted immediate opportunities to glorify God.

Imagine if Moses had thought that he needed to wait around indefinitely in Midian, where he had fled to escape his punishment for committing murder. He could have remained idle, bemoaning his mistake and the terrible plight of the Hebrews. Instead, he recognized that God was calling him to service at that very minute to deliver the children of Israel. He accepted the immediate presence and power of God when he said at the edge of the Red Sea, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to-day” (Exodus 14:13). Today, now, always, the salvation of God is available to heal any situation.

There was nothing passive about Moses’ waiting on the Lord at the Red Sea. He turned wholly to God, listened, obeyed, and parted the waters, exercising his God-given dominion over evil. He willingly served God, and that enabled him to experience divine salvation right where he was. In humility, Moses listened consistently to God, and this spiritual communion guided him to challenge and overcome despotic and frightening circumstances. He knew that God is always ready and effective, not withholding or delaying help.

As a result of our communion with God, we express the Godlike qualities of patience and long-suffering. We are patient because we serve God; we are not patient waiting for God to serve us. Galatians 5:22 describes how we serve Him: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering….”

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Wait on the Lord