Hurry up and wait!
Penned by: Kevin K O’Connor
Date penned: Aug 31, 2017
Thought: The Wait before the Infinite Joy Beyond Description!
Scriptural Springboard: Psalms 37:9, 59:9, 62:5, 104:27, 123:2, 145:15, Isaiah 8:17, 30:18, 40:31 And the one from the New Testament; Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
There was a saying while doing time in the military, and that was ‘hurry up and wait’. And, that was especially true while in boot camp where we’d hurry almost everywhere only to get there and wait for the drill sergeant to arrive and give us new orders as to what to do. Those that hurried the fastest, ended up waiting the longest, and believe it or not, got quite good at waiting! I happen to be one of those and so the habit of getting where I need to be for almost ANYTHING, I’d always be early and just wait for my upcoming appointment for whatever, whether it was for business or for leisure. And, what’s really frustrating, is to spend so much time waiting and only after having done so, realize that you didn’t have what was needed for whatever it was you were waiting for. Now that is so frustrating and the only one you have to blame is yourself. This characteristic of waiting has had the side benefit of ensuring that I was always punctual for any appointment, and if it was for an easy boarding onto a plane or just a good seat in a theatre, it has had it benefits.
In the same way of being beneficial, waiting, as can be seen from the previous 10 verses, lets us know that God also considers waiting a very beneficial characteristic for us for spiritual reasons. You could consider this to be one of the traits that the wise virgins had while waiting for the Bridegroom as seen in Matt 25:1-13. So waiting, while having the potential of blessing us, can also be of no value for the unprepared as it was for the foolish virgins annotated in the same passage. So, you could say ‘Prepared Waiting’ is what we should all be working to accomplish within our lives for benefits in the here and now and also for our spiritual home as well.
Waiting causes wine to improve, soils and landscapes, and people as well in developing the godly trait of patience. So, while we may see the benefits of waiting for wine, or for the soils & landscapes around us, what is it about ‘waiting’ that is so beneficial to us personally? It seems that waiting is the one trait where we can take absolutely no credit for what we’re waiting for to come to pass since we are at the mercy for those we are waiting on. You could say that waiting is like a co-pilot surrendering the flight controls of an aircraft back to the pilot who then has the only option of being ready to assume the controls once again when asked to. And, if you take notice, of that phrase, ‘being ready to assume the controls again when asked to’ is what makes the difference between successfully waiting and wasting one’s time.
We presently are in a Very High Watch time for Jesus our Lord & King to remove His bride prior to the Great Tribulation to come upon this earth! Many of us have been waiting many, many years with only a few just now coming into relationship with Him and having only a very little time to wait. The question isn’t ‘are we waiting for our Lord & King’, but are we waiting and ready!? For the foolish virgins were waiting right alongside of the wise ones with one difference, they weren’t truly prepared. There are those who see only the ‘letter’ of what is written while there is also those who see not only the letter, but most importantly, the Spirit of what is written. Those who emphasize the letter, will be like those annotated in His Word in Matt 25:31-46 and specifically those as noted in verse Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? They truly thought they were doing the right things by focusing on ‘their works of righteousness’ instead of focusing on the Righteous One. Their focus was on the ‘letter’ of what Christ had said but NOT His Spirit, so had totally missed out on truly knowing Him and entering into eternal Life with Him. In the same way, there are MANY in these United States of America that confess Jesus as Lord, but are resting on a phrase of ‘no one knows the day or the hour’ and as such are just not expecting Him but are relying on their past confessions of what they have believed. These will be just like the ones spoken of in Matt 25:44 or like the foolish virgins that were in waiting but had totally missed the purpose of why they were there in the first place. It’s all about a personal relationship with Jesus, not JUST a confessional one. Just a confessional one is like the foolish virgins that were right there alongside of the wise ones, but their hearts were not as proven by the fact that they weren’t prepared.
So when you hear those who like to emphasize ‘no one knows …’ it’s usually them that truly don’t know for the wise ones have heard His small still voice and have trimmed their lamps and have their lamps (hearts) burning brightly to His Glory, Honor, and Praise!
It won’t be long now, and people won’t have ‘pennings’ like this to refer to but to the actual reality of either having truly been ready or just quoting some text that they were. If the reader truly wants to know my heart as to what in this day and time reflects the heart of those who are TRULY expecting Him, you may at; http://www.rubornagain.com/When_Actions_Speak_Louder_Than_Words.htm . So while we may not have lamps, we all still have hearts and there is a trait that we all have that depicts the state of our hearts as noted therein.
Heavenly Father, thank You that the time we’ve all been waiting for is nigh at hand! May the all-consuming Fire of Your Precious Holy Spirit ignite us and delight us as we prepare for the Shout of Your Son, and our Lord & King Jesus for it’s in His Everlasting, Glorious, and Matchless Name we pray, Amen.
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