“From ancient times no one has heard,
no one has listened,
no eye has seen any God except You,
who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:4
What struck me again this morning after reading the above verse about this union we enter into with the Lord is the invitation (over and over) to be instead do, do, do.
He acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him
Sure is different than that phrase you often hear people throw around: God helps those who help themselves.
You won’t find that anywhere in Scripture. However you will find many instances where the Lord instructs us to wait, to be still, to rest, to abide IN HIM.
For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
“You will be delivered by returning and resting;
your strength will lie in quiet confidence.
But you are not willing.” Isaiah 30:15
Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy,
and is rising up to show you compassion,
for the Lord is a just God.
All who wait patiently for Him are happy. Isaiah 30:18
Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. John 15:4
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116: 7
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
This is where our soul finds the peace and strength its truly needing and desiring.
I’ve been revisiting the following passage in Ephesians the last couple of days.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
The first thing that stood out to me was this love we are told about that surpasses knowledge. It’s bigger than our minds can fully comprehend (or recognize) apart from Christ. Just think about that for a moment. There are some individuals in this world we would consider and even label smart. According to the world’s standards they may even be considered geniuses with off the chart IQs. And yet, those “smarts” according to this passage are not even in the same category as knowing the fullness of God’s love. God’s love goes some place beyond that. It’s bigger, it’s wider, it’s longer, it’s higher than anything our minds can conjure up.
The second thing that stood out to me was to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge hinges on being rooted first. “I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend…” Roots are attached to their source of nourishment. That’s where they get their strength. And, apparently, that’s where they also find this surpassing knowledge of His love.
So to go back to that first thought.
He acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.
When we choose to return and rest our roots grow deeper and healthier. It’s in the waiting where we discover a love worth depending on and a love worth placing all our hope in. It’s in the waiting we “become fully convinced that what God has promised he is also able to perform” (Romans 4:20)