Isaiah 30:18 And therefore the Lord earnestly waits — expectant, looking and longing — to be gracious to you, and therefore He lifts Himself up that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you; for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed — happy, fortunate (to be envied) are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him (for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless unbroken companionship). Amp.

DEFINITIONS

Wait – d) to stay in a place or remain inactive until something unexpected takes place; to be ready.

There are many times that we wait upon the Lord to answer certain prayers, to change those we pray for, to open doors that we think should be opened, when all the while He is waiting on us. If you follow the Lamb, you spend a lot of time waiting. It is just like the Israelites in the wilderness waiting for the cloud to move. They could do nothing but wait.

We must wait in the right way. Always thankful and positive knowing He will always bring good in our life. If we murmur and complain, we could end up like the Israelites who died in the wilderness. He is good and you can be sure that if you go through a hard trial that He has a very good reason for it and will always bless you when it is over, if you learn what He wants you to learn.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. KJV

When we wait in the right way we are gathering up strength and learning patience. These are fruits that we need to grow and mature. It may not be what we are looking for, but He is definitely looking for His fruit in us. It all points to trust.

He wants us to be able to know when everything is turning upside down that He is in control and we are safely being cared for even in adverse circumstances. I remember reading in My Streams in the Desert Book this quote, “When you are able to smile inwardly at your suffering, that is when your cross weaves itself into a crown.”

Perfect trust knows their Savior will make all things work for their good no matter how bad things look. That is His promise and He cannot and will not ever lie.

Matthew 25:3-4 says the wise virgins took extra oil with them, but the foolish did not. They did not have any extra oil. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The disciples were to wait in the upper room until they were clothed with power from on High, filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

How do we acquire extra oil? In verse 12, He tells the foolish virgins, “I do not know you.” He did not tell them to go find some oil and then He would let them in. It was too late. We have to spend our time getting to know Him.

We must pray, commune, worship, read His Word first and then the rest will come. Being with Him must be your first priority — not family — not career — not Church — not the pleasures of this world. Anything we put before Him is idolatry and sin.

He waits for us. He made the first move on the cross. It is up to us to respond. The bride is different than others in that she waits. She must be ready for she does not know when her beloved will come. But when she is ready, He will come and she will definitely be envied.

She is waiting for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy and especially HIS MATCHLESS UNBROKEN COMPANIONSHIP.

AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE WILL RECEIVE!

SONG — RELEASE MY SOUL — VINEYARD MUSIC

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