Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wait and hope...

When Brian and I were dating as teenagers, one night we went to rent a video.  I ran into Dan.  I hadn’t seen Dan in a long time. I gave him a hug and asked him about his parents and his sister.  I asked him what he was doing with himself.  We had a great talk and I told him not to be a stranger, and gave him another hug. I turned to see Brian glaring at me!  Why was Brian so mad?  First, he wanted to know who Dan was.  Second, he wanted to know why I was hugging the guy.  Well...Dan is my cousin.

Life lesson:  He is jealous for me.    

I finished reading the Song of Songs this weekend.  What a beautiful pursuit of love.  How excited the lovers are for each other!  In chapter 2 the young woman says “My lover is mine, and I am his.”  The claim is made.  In her love songs, she praises her lover.  She is excited about his love and everything about him.  Christ claims us just the same.  We are His, and He is ours.  We are His people, and He is jealous for us.  He will not allow us to look at or worship any other. 
While pondering how Christ is jealous for me, I read Isa 8:17 “I will wait for the LORD to help us, though he has turned away from the people of Israel. My only hope is in him.”  In Spanish, the word esperar means BOTH to wait and to hope.  God turned His back on Israel because of their sin, they worshipped other gods.   God was jealous!  Since His love for the children of Israel was so strong, He heard their cries and their prayers.  However, He required them to WAIT for His returned fellowship and blessing.  Why?   I believe He wanted to teach them where their HOPE came from.  He wanted to purify their hearts to focus only on HIM!  Isn’t that why Brian was upset?  I was focused on another guy, and Brian wanted all my focus. 

We serve a jealous God.   He is the only one who deserves the glory...ALL the glory.  So many times my HOPE has grown out of the waiting, and I have been refined during the waiting.  Perhaps, the waiting is the most important part of our journey.  It is in the waiting that we have opportunities to consider our ways, repent of our sin, shift our focus to Him alone, worship Him, yearn for Him, depend on Him, and glory in Him. 

Are you in a waiting season in your life, the life of your church, or a situation in your family?  Know it is HIS purpose for drawing you closer than ever to HIM.  Frequently we look to people and circumstances with desperation, but He wants us to look to Him. He wants to teach us our only hope is in Him.   His call is so sweet and firm....focus your eyes on the one worthy of worship, He is OUR ONLY HOPE!  It is a great lesson to learn, while we......wait.

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