Wait Patiently

I am not a good waiter but this admonition will help me rest in the arms of Jesus while waiting for God’s answer to the problem no matter how insurmountable. It’s much easier, however, to write these words than to live by them. For instead of waiting patiently, usually I focus on my problem, and Satan laughs with glee.

So I wrestle with all possible answers, and become so frustrated, it is impossible to focus on my problem objectively. I remind myself of an earthworm whose pathway has become blocked, and it wiggles, squirms, and writhes from side to side in an effort to reach its destination. Soon I wear myself out and am in no frame of mind to think about my problem logically.

Do I really believe the God I serve is too weak to bear my burdens?  Does He not really care that I am undergoing such severe trials?  Does He lack wisdom needed to  solve my problem?

In the book of Isaiah, God asked this question concerning His power and majesty:

“With whom will you compare Me? Who is my equal?” Then he concluded with this answer, “Look up into the heavens! Who created all these stars?

The Good Shepherd by James Tissot




In Isaiah, God is compared to a shepherd: “As a shepherd leads his sheep, calling each by its name and counts them to be sure none are lost or have strayed, so God does with stars and planets. How can you say that God does not see your troubles and isn’t just? Don’t you know by now God, the Creator of the far most parts of the earth never grows weary? No one can fathom the depth of His understanding. He gives power to the weak.  Even the youths shall grow weary, and the young men grow faint. But they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall mount up as eagles, they shall run and not become weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 27-31 

This formula for security will not always work overnight, but I have been a believer many years and God has abundantly meet my needs. So why not relax in the loving arms of Jesus, and allow Him to calm our anxious spirits.


Father, when the Children of Israel were escaping, the Egyptian army was behind them, and the Red Sea was before them. There was nothing for them to do but wade into the waters of the Red Sea, but when they did so, God parted the water and they went across on dry land. So no matter our the complexity of our problem, God has the answer; so Father, please help us wait patiently. Amen.




Doris Lisemby


Painting by James Tissot “The Good Shepherd” in Public Domain 



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