Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and WAIT PATIENTLY for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Yesterday…he almost succeeded at his scheming…yes, I am talking about the devil. For awhile, he almost had me by his side…but note, I said for awhile. I couldn’t sleep because I needed to hear HIS VOICE last…the voice of THE SHEPHERD. So, I woke up and reached out for my bible and went over to the Psalms. Psalm 37 caught my eye and I started reading. If I had reason to feel upset…I heard HIS VOICE through these words in verse 8; REFRAIN FROM ANGER AND TURN FROM WRATH, DO NOT FRET_ IT LEADS ONLY TO EVIL.
Just a few verses before the Lord had said BE STILL…AND WAIT PATIENTLY. What? What does He mean I wait patiently. God…are you serious? Right there and then…I saw something amazing hidden between the lines of Psalm 37 that I had never seen before: THE LAND...my inheritance. And at the same time, I also saw something else which had escaped my notice up until last night. In Psalm 37 alone,…the word WICKED and EVIL is mentioned 19 times which is 15 more times than the word LAND which is mentioned only 4 times.
DID HE SAY WAIT? Oh my goodness…how can God ask me to wait patiently while all the while evil and wickedness is all that I see and hear all day long? Lord, how can I wait in the midst of so much evil and wickedness? Then He brought me back to the 4 times the word LAND is mentioned.
4 For evil men will be cut off, but those who HOPE in the Lord will inherit LAND.
11 But the MEEK will inherit the LAND and enjoy great peace.
29 The RIGHTEOUS will inherit the LAND and dwell in it for ever.
34 WAIT for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the LAND; when the wicked are cut off, you will see.
Did He say wait? Now, I understand. You see, before you and I can inherit the land…we need time to develop and exercise the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It takes time to stay in an attitude of HOPE. Its takes time to be HUMBLE/MEEK; It takes time to walk in RIGHTEOUSNESS; It takes time to WAIT PATIENTLY.
Is the Lord asking you to wait? THEN WAIT…PATIENTLY…even though wickedness and the enemy is preying around the corner. Wait…even when your health, your family, your marriage, child or whatever else seems to be slipping right before you. Don’t let the evil and wickedness around overwhelm and consume you.
He said: “WAIT PATIENTLY.” In case you haven’t noticed…the LAND will be yours for ever. The wicked are just but here for only a season.