SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011
THE IMPORTANCE OF WAITING ON GOD
‘But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint’ Isaiah 40v31.
Even the strongest people get tired at times, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When you feel all of life crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.
Trusting in the Lord is the patient expectation that God will fulfill his promises in his word and strengthen us to rise above life’s difficulties. Do you believe God loves you and wants the best for you? Can you relax, confident that His purposes are rights? Are you convinced that He has the power to control all of life – and your life as well? Though your faith may be struggling or weak, accept his provisions and care for you.
Some people like Rachael in the bible rather than wait on God, will wear themselves out. At a time being childless Rachael tormented her husband. ‘When Rachael saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, ‘give me children, or I will die’ Gen. 30v1.
In this life, people should learn to wait on God and be patient with Him too. His will may be delayed but it cannot ultimately be destroyed. God does not change. He is worth waiting on.
Reading his presidential charge for 2011, recently, Rt. Rev. J. F. E. Edewor, Bishop of Oleh noted in pages 95 – 96 of his charge thus:
Lack of child bearing is no doubt, one of the greatest causes of divorce in many African homes. By the time someone is married and after one or two years, relatives of husband and wife start kicking against the continuation of such a woman without a baby. In many cases, it is the women who suffer most.
This was not the case of Peter and Gladys. No matter what people said about them, they trusted in God who they believe with the full assurance that their marriage shall no doubt be blessed with a child. This name of barrenness either of the man or the woman was finally brought to an end on the 11th of February, 2011.
For on that day, the cry of a baby came to the household of Rt. Rev. Peter and Mrs. Gladys Imasuen in the Bishopscourt of the Diocese of Benin. Bishop Peter and his wife have been waiting on the Lord for a total of nineteen (19) years since they got married. We give glory to God for this miracle amongst us.
He continued, our prayer is that Gladys will have more children as was the case of Hannah the mother of Samuel.
Is there anybody here in this house or some other places that is having the experience of Bishop Peter and Mama Gladys? Simply believe in the Lord with a full trust that a baby shall also cry in your home. Simply remain faithful to Him who gives children to couples. Do not break your marriage as a result of pressure coming from left and right from your relations and friends. The Bishop concluded.
The prophet Isaiah knew pressures of life and he rightly counsels that we wait, trust, believe in the Lord for surely we shall find strength to our crushed souls.
Let us find further strength in these biblical passages:
Psalm 27v14: ‘wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord’
Psalm 62v5: ‘Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope come from Him’
Proverbs 20v22: ‘Do not say, ‘I will pay you back for this wrong, wait for the Lord; and He will deliver you’.
Isaiah 8v17: ‘I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I put my trust in Him’.
True, God will never be late; No matter the situations, no matter how tempting or torturing the circumstance may be, let us learn as individuals, nation or nations to: WAIT ON GOD. Indeed, He is dependable, consistent and reliable too.
VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,