Marilyn Roberts

The 14th verse of Psalm 27 reads, Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Waiting. That’s what my husband and I had been doing. Along with being obedient to what He required of us and walking out our lives with faith in God, we were waiting to see the manifestation of our deliverance. What had faded from my thoughts was the “Be of good courage” part so that He could strengthen my heart.

Be of good courage. What does that mean anyway? In my quest to define this commandment of God I found the following, “Good courage means do not be afraid of your task or mission and do it with the thought of certain victory and success.

Sometimes we see “waiting” as a non-productive stance; yet, nothing can be further from the truth. Throughout the Scriptures you see men and women of God waiting on the Lord while putting their faith into action. Scripture encourages us to “Occupy until He  comes”. (Luke 19:13b) Occupy is an action verb with synonyms like;  take, seize, hold, and inhabit. While occupying, we are actively working and pursuing the plan of God in our lives. As we proceed to do the task or mission God has called us to do, waiting is always involved.

We wait for His instruction. We wait for open doors. We wait for provision. We wait for circumstances to align themselves to God’s will. We wait for manifestation of His promises. And while we are waiting, we must allow the peace of God that Jesus speaks of in John 16 to abide in our hearts. While waiting, tribulation always comes, but we take comfort in the fact that He has overcome and because He has, we can too! (John 16:33)

God promises that if we wait on Him, He will strengthen our heart. Psalm 29:11 (NKJV) reads, “The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” It is so easy to lose sight of the big picture. It’s easy to get bogged down and lose our peace in the everyday mundane routines of life especially if your circumstances are taxing. The weight and seriousness of your problem can tend to be overwhelming which makes it difficult not to give in to worry when things are beyond your control. This is especially true when your deliverance needs to manifest or you will lose out.

The answer from God is familiar. It isn’t something that we don’t know. In our weariness we can simply forget his answer. His answer is found in, 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV), … be not weary in well doing.” and  Galatians 6:9 (KJV), … let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Here is the promise of God loud and clear; “In due season you shall reap!” Our Father works in due season. Once He has accomplished His purpose, nothing can stop due season! Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV), To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” And if we believe the Scripture that records that, “ … our times are in His hands” (Psalm 31:15), we are strengthened in our spirit to not grow weary and to not faint or give up!

I have often taken comfort in Isaiah 28:28 (NLT) speaking about a farmer. It reads, “Grain for bread is easily crushed, so he doesn’t keep on pounding it. He threshes it under the wheels of a cart, but he doesn’t pulverize it.”  What does this text mean? Testing, trials, tribulation will not last forever! If you continue to grind wheat, it will eventually turn into powder and then into nothing which of course would be unsuitable for making bread. God knows just how much we can bear (I Corinthians 10:13). God has purposed and designed for the wait to end. Every season has a beginning and every season has an end. God says if we won’t grow weary in our well doing, our due season for reaping the harvest of our desire and His promises will come, and the waiting will end!

Psalm 107: 6, 13, 19 and 28 (NKJV) “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them (verse 6), saved them (verses 13 & 19), brings them (verse 28), out of their distresses.” We cry, He answers!  “Be not weary ….”