“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
When you are sick, you go to the doctor, and if he finds an infection, he writes you a prescription. Guess what the doctor expects you to do while you are waiting to get better? Take the medicine ….
He doesn’t expect you to read about the medicine. He doesn’t expect you to talk about the medicine. He doesn’t even expect you to understand what the medicine is or how it works. Just do what the doctor told you to do, and let the outcome present itself in time. When we take medicine, we wait for it to work. It is never instant ….
But keep in mind, the longer you put off taking the medicine, the longer it will take to work. And, if you choose not to take the medicine at all, you can pretty much expect to remain sick ….
Far too many Christians like to talk to other people about what God’s Word says we are to do in our lives. We like to think about His Word. But far too few will actually act on it ….
And yet, God, the Great Physician, has prescribed what we need in His Word. Whether or not we follow what He has revealed — things like love, forgiveness, trust, faith, hope and more — will determine how long we wait. These are the things being developed within us on detours. These are the characteristics of Christ …..
“So, what am I to obey?” you may be asking. You are to obey what you know. And then simply wait. We are to obey what God has already revealed to us in His Word. You or I will never see what God plans to do in secret unless He sees us obeying what He has already revealed to us in public ….
Sometimes I wish I could just see the future. See what’s coming, what’s down the road, what lies ahead around the bend ….
I don’t know why really. It’s not as if I’d really expect to be any better prepared to face what is hidden. I might even be too frightened to take the next step if I saw the big picture. I might just be too overwhelmed. And besides, where’s the faith in that?
Yet, I am learning that it’s actually in the waiting room that some of the best healing takes place. Waiting for an answer. Go? Stay? Wait? No answer. Wait… Wait… Wait. Yep, wait really seems to be my answer lately. Actually this has been a recurring theme in my current walk with the Lord …..
Yes, waiting can be difficult, and especially when we feel riddled with impatience. Still, there must be something valuable in waiting. Wanna know what I think it is? Growth, oh and let’s not forget healing. It is a somewhat refining process. Let’s call it a faith pill ….
Sometimes it takes more faith to be patient than to step out and do something impulsive or rash, especially when it causes someone else who is impatient to rebuke you. But taking any medicine that will promote healing takes time ….
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
God never tells you everything at once. But, He has told you something. Whatever that is, obey it, even if the answer is wait. However small, however insignificant it may seem — obey it. Do what you know to do, even if you don’t know what it is doing, or how it will turn out. Just take your medicine …..
If you still don’t know where to start, you can start with the simplest of all commandments to remember, but sometimes the most difficult to live out. It’s simple to remember because it basically boils down to one word: love. It’s difficult to live out because this one word contains the essence of all the other commandments we’ve ever been given ….
It says: “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (Luke 10:27).
One man who obeyed and loved well was Job. Job’s friends were not that friendly. In fact, when Job was at the worst of times, his friends judged, griped, criticized, accused and more. For Job, praying for his friends involved a lot more than asking God to bless them. It involved a significant amount of faith, forgiveness, acceptance, humility and love ….
It wasn’t until after Job showed grace and kindness to those who had brought him pain that God restored him. This is because Job had obeyed the law of love and asked God to give His goodness to others ….
Learning to wait well with patience involves learning how to put into practice the regularity of living as a child of God. It means putting into practice those things we already know ….
- Working as unto the Lord, even if it’s not your favorite place to work
- Honoring the authority over you, even if you don’t particularly like or respect that authority
- Bearing with one another’s burdens, even when you feel weighted down by your own ….
Do what God has already said to do. Then watch Him usher you straight out of your waiting room and into your destiny ….
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Galations 5:14). Note to self: this wasn’t posed as a suggestion ….
Notice that our opening verse is a commandment, and not something we are to do only when our neighbor is nice or good to us. Jesus answered Himself in the next verse: “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” (Luke 10:28). And in case you’re wondering exactly who your “neighbor” is — I would encourage you to read the passage in (Luke 10:29-37).
Let us pray ~
Heavenly Father, I want to love like You love, forgive like You forgive and honor You with my heart in every way. Mold me into the person You will take great pleasure in. Use me as a testimony of grace, kindness and love to those around me. I pray for a double portion of favor and blessing in my life, God, and ask You to give me wisdom on how to set myself up for just that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.