There once was a man who had a horse. It was all he owned in the world and one day it ran away. When he told his neighbor the neighbor said, “Oh! That’s terrible! It’s the worst thing that could have happened!” To which the man replied, “Just wait.” A week later the horse came back and brought with it a whole herd of wild horses. The neighbor said, “Oh that’s great! It’s the best thing that could have happened!” The man again replied, “Just wait.” The following day the man’s son was riding one of the horses, fell off and broke his leg. The neighbor said, “Oh! That’s terrible! It’s the worst thing that could have happened!” The man yet again replied, “Just wait.” A week later the Army came through recruiting and because the son had a broken leg he was allowed to stay home. Again the neighbor said, “Oh! That’s great! It’s the best thing that could have happened!” And again the man replied, “Just wait.”
In the above story who is it that you most identify with? The man, or the neighbor? I think for most of us it would be the neighbor because in this world anything unexpected can seem to be the worst thing that ever happened until the next perceived worst thing occurs. It takes a concerted effort to learn, yes learn, how to wait on God and how to place our hope in Her and Her son Christ Jesus.
As I write each week to all of you, I realize that truly I can only share with you the things that I have learned. The lessons that Yahweh has taught me and helped me to learn. And for each of us, our learning comes in stages of growth. Even at this time in my life and in this period of growth am I learning each day how to wait on the LORD. Just wait.
Psalm 39:7 “Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”
Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the LORD; I wait, and put my hope in His word.”
And what is it that we wait for? It can be many things...an answer to a prayer perhaps? A resolution to a difficult circumstance? Our deliverance? Salvation? Or maybe even we wait for the lesson that is meant to be learned. If we could all be like the man in the story, calmly waiting for what might come next, can you imagine how much easier life would be? For some of us it might turn a roller coaster into a leisurely walk through the park. But truly it’s not only about ease, but growing, maturing in our faith, our trust and our hope. These things are like flowers that must be tended to daily so that they might flourish and bloom.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the LORD.”
We must be courageous with hearts that are strong. In these End Times we see a rehashing of events that have occurred from time to time over many decades. We see people struggling to survive, to find work, food, keep a roof over their heads and provide for their families as a result of the declining economy worldwide. We see those who suffer and endure through natural disasters, pestilence and plagues. We see those who meet with accidents and disease and lose loved ones, friends, coworkers. And we see those who lose hope completely and commit heinous crimes in the taking of others’ lives as well as their own. It is hope lost. And not only that, it is love lost as well.
Psalm 25:5 “Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.”
A day is a thousand years to Yahweh. Can you imagine waiting a thousand years? There are those who have and who do. Those who exist as a part of the invisible spirit realm who are in union with Father and Christ and have been fighting the Spiritual War and working with mankind for literally thousands of years. They have learned how to wait, have faith and trust and hope in our Creator. For them it’s been a much longer time period and they serve as examples to us all but it’s also important to put things into perspective. Our lifespan here on this earth is much shorter. So we only have to wait the amount of time that we are given on this earth and sometimes much shorter than that. A few days, a few weeks, a few months or a few years. When we seek and wait on the LORD, with patience and hope we can be assured that all our needs, all our problems, will be taken care of for She is good to those who wait, to the people who seek. Can any of us honestly say we cannot wait, when there are those who have waited more generations than we can even imagine?
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.”
In seeking we do not forget. In seeking we know we are not alone. In seeking we realize what is important and what is not - what is unnecessary or unimportant and what can wait. In doing this we learn that in all things no matter how urgent the need may seem, we can wait.
In a time of fast food, quick weight loss, power lunches, satellite communications, microwaves, Googling, and in which 30 seconds is too long to wait for a download... we must learn how to wait. How to be patient. How to seek what is good and righteous and pay closest attention to the lessons we learn that make us grow stronger and closer to God in love and understanding.
Psalm 33:20 “We wait for the LORD; He is our help and shield.”
As a final word, remember this: When confronted with any situation that causes your heart to feel heavy with worries and anxieties, take a deep breath, turn your eyes to heaven, pray, rely, seek Yahweh and never, ever give up hope. Then... just wait. Just wait.
Romans 8: 18-25 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility - not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it - in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been growing together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as firstfruits - we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”
Deuteronomy 6:25 Righteousness will be ours if we are careful to follow every one of these commands before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.
What does it mean, to “pursue righteousness” and how do we incorporate this into our daily lives? And how do we know what is righteous and what is not? To be righteous, means to act in an upright, virtuous and moral way. But who determines what is righteous? Our heavenly Father does and our Savior Christ Jesus is our example. There’s a commonly used well known saying these days; “What would Jesus do?”. But how often do we ponder this when faced with any situation that might require or even demand righteousness?
Oftentimes life can happen quickly. Sometimes it comes at us as fast as a speeding bullet leaving us little time to ponder, pray, consider our options. In our lifetimes we literally face thousands upon thousands of situations in which a decision must be made, and sometimes it’s whether or not we should take the high road or be a follower. But the bottom line is that while we may all be concerned with how others view us or what they think of us, what truly matters is what Yahweh and Christ think of us. How they view us. And if we are only concerned with this, doesn’t everything else fall into place? If what you do is favorable and pleasing to Father and Christ, does what everyone else think truly matter? If everyone around us is going down the wide path, would it not be better to break away from the pack and take the path Christ Jesus took?
Proverbs 21:21 “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
The book of Proverbs is actually a wonderful tool in sharing with us some very key points in righteous versus unrighteous behavior. If you’re ever in doubt as to what is the right(eous) way and unsure of where to begin, I would highly recommend scouring Proverbs for the answer, but in actuality the entire Bible contains examples of righteous versus unrighteous behavior and can be used for teaching, learning and coming to know Father’s Way. (Interesting fact: The word Righteous appears a total of 554 times in the Holman Christian Standard Bible.) ursuing righteousness is also particularly important in these End Times and during a Tribulation which tests our abilities to remain faithful and act righteously because as Proverbs 21:21 relates, righteous behavior is the road that leads to life, prosperity and honor and it is Father's faithful who will be delivered in the Rapture and rescued to safety just as Noah and his family were delivered from the Great Flood.
Genesis 6:9 [ God Warns Noah ] These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God.
Pursuing righteousness can also be called walking with God, because to walk with God is to walk in Her Ways. It takes faith, perseverance, endurance and a willingness of heart to learn and obey Father’s commands and to react accordingly in any given situation. This also ties in with the question of who to follow - those "others" - or God. Anytime that we choose to walk with God and follow in Christ's footsteps, we are choosing the right way and in doing so we are then counted as blameless among our contemporaries.
Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock—His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true.
While we are, none of us, perfect, pursuing righteousness can often seem to be an uphill climb on a winding twisting road rather than a leisurely stroll but it’s exercise for the heart that is good for us and when we walk with God, we can be certain that our ways are righteous as Father Herself is perfect, just, faithful, without prejudice and righteous and true. We can also rest easy in the knowledge that while we may be required to break away from the pack and leave unrighteous behavior behind, we will not walk alone, for Yahweh is always with us, leading us, guiding us, holding our hand and showing us the way - Her Way.
Times of trouble coming quickly the land shakes and rumbles it’s buildings to the ground moaning heard from adults whose children are sickly death and devastation abound
The news tells us of horrors that happen every day nothing good to report at all in what the newscasters say and everything is falling, falling to the ground
Wars and terror continue unabated people are suffering all across the land homes and possessions taken away because their owners could not pay a system on the verge of collapse a constitution that will not stand
Our God is our refuge and strength a helper who is always found when our world seems to crumble and there is darkness is all around it’s Her voice within us that says Be not afraid child, be not afraid
The LORD of Hosts is with us a stronghold in times of pain keep your eyes wide open outstretch your hand to Yahweh’s light stay strong and keep your faith Be not afraid, be not afraid Be not afraid