Monday, December 9, 2013

Waiting

 
 
 
There were 400 years between the Old Testament and the New.
 
400 years of silence.
 
400 years of waiting for the promised Messiah, the One who would set the captives free.
 
 
How they longed for Him to come. I imagine each generation talked about His coming. Who would be the chosen mother? How would they know it was Him? How would He rescue them?
 
I also imagine many gave up looking for Him. After centuries of hearing nothing from God, perhaps the prophets had been wrong. Perhaps the prophets had made up the coming Messiah.   
 
And then He came. In a manager, unknown and uncelebrated except by a few. After 400 years of silence, there He was!
 
The Savior had finally come, the wait was over, but they rejected Him. Surely a baby born in a manger, a man who was silent when accused, a man who rejected the spiritual leaders of the day wasn't the answer!
 
But He was. And He still is.
 
Are you in a season of silence, of expecting waiting, of nearly giving up hope that God will do what He promised to do?
 
How often we reject Him because He doesn't answer the way we want Him to!
 
If you're in a season waiting, allow this verse to encourage you as it has me.
 
 
Psalm 27:14 (ESV)
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
 
Instead of waiting for a child, a spouse, a promotion, a new job, a new car, friends, let's wait on the Lord.
 
Waiting on people and circumstances will cause us to grow weary.
 
Waiting on the Lord will give us strength.
 
*I love my King James Version Touch Bible App. I can click a word, and it tells me the definition. Here in this verse, one of the meanings for the Hebrew word (Kaw-Vaw) means to bind together, perhaps by twisting.
 
This season, bind closer to Jesus, for He is always Worth the Wait.
 
 
I'm giving away a prize today!
Leave a comment telling me about something in your life that was worth the wait to win a copy of my February release Worth the Wait. (You'll have to wait till then to get it.)
To make the wait a little shorter, I'll send you this:
 
 
I'll pick a winner next Monday. Be sure to leave your email address. (I can only ship to the US.)
 
 
Finally, enter to win a Kindle donated by the authors of HopeSprings:
 
 
 
 

 

11 comments:

patricia concienne said...

God promised me when my son was 15 yrs old that he would serve him. He gave me the scripture in Jeremiah 24 that said I will give them a heart to know me. I have stood on that promise for 27 years. This year he gave his heart to Jesus got filled with the Holy Ghost and that was worth waiting for!

Dawn Janis said...

You're a sweetheart to give away the mini satin hands set. :)

Laura Jackson said...

That's wonderful, Pat! :)
Dawn, you know when I get free stuff, I love to share the love. Thanks for giving them to me with my order! You rock!

Cindi A said...

Laura your book sounds very interesting.
Patricia, I'm praising the Lord that your son accepted Christ. That's so nice to read about.
Merry Christmas to all.
cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Ladette Kerr said...

Waiting... it's hard to do sometimes right? I was just talking to my mom about this very thing. She was laid off on Oct 30th, the day before my dad was to have knee replacement surgery and be out of work for at least 4wks. He just went back to work and she's feeling useless. I told right now she just needs to wait. God's timing will change her circumstance, just wait and enjoy where she is right now. Easier said than done. :)

Linda Marie Finn said...

There are so many who don't wait upon the Lord, my life wasn't filled with all the great things but I know that times I waited upon the Lord for his will in my life , I was blessed greatly. My current postition as a free lance book influencer for christian authors is just one blessing.
Linda Finn
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Waiting on the Lord like wailing on tables in a café means service. I continue to look for ways to wait on the Lord even in old age where I must be more creative. Service was easy when I had limitless energy now I find a word of encouragement and prayer to be avenues. Linda Perry lindaperry@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,
During a prolonged season of intense trial and tribulation, God promised me that He would never leave me nor forsake me. The fact that He personally promised His devotion and continuing presence calmed and reassured me; no matter what the future held, I would not have to face it alone and He would remain a faithful to me.

I am so grateful! God has been true to His marvelous promise to me. He has never left me nor forsaken me.
Mary Larson cobalt7blue@yahoo.com

Litany L said...

Something worth waiting for that God has blessed me with was the ability to continue in school. I had a really bad scare last year where I kept blacking out. The doctors figured out my heart rate kept dropping below 30 and going above 160 which could have caused me to die. Thank God I was able to get a pacemaker and come back to school that next semester and I was not too behind so..I am still slated to graduate in May.
businesschef08@gmail.com

Laura Jackson said...

Ladette, that is easier said than done!
Linda, words of encouragement are such a blessing. I think today's women are so beaten up by society and even themselves that most of us struggle to see the good in ourselves. I'm sure you're a blessing.
Linda, as a new author, I know your value as an influencer! We appreciate people like you who are willing to spread the word about great books that glorify Jesus.

Mary, I love that God is faithful. He will never leave us. Amen!

Litany, that's scary! I'm so glad you're finishing. Congrats!

Laura Jackson said...

Cindi A, thanks for your sweet words. You're a longtime follower of the blog. (One day I'll have your address memorized from sending you books.) I'm thankful for you!