I read Matthew 26 yesterday. This morning (July 19) I woke up with these words in my mind: waiting is an active verb. In Matthew 26:36-40 is the account of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane.
In verse 36 He told His disciples to, “…Sit here while I go and pray over there.” Then He took Peter, James, and John with Him. In verse 38 He expressed His heart of sorrow, then said, “…Stay here and watch with Me.”
They fell asleep. Verse 41 in the Amplified says, “All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing; but the flesh is weak.”
Have you noticed how your flesh bucks against words like obey, submit, be willing? Waiting brings up our hidden flesh. Impatience rises, we sigh, complain, and fidget. Like the three disciples we often fall asleep on the job of waiting. We dull down instead of remaining sharp and alert.
Waiting is active. It means to occupy, watch, be vigilant, pray, be attentive, alert, and prepared for action. I love 2 Samuel 5:24. David was actively waiting. What was he doing? He was listening for a certain sound. The moment he heard that sound he was to go into action.
Verse 24 says, “And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go before you…” No matter what the Lord tells us to do, He has a purpose in our waiting.
Let’s recount David’s words. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord!” Being of good courage comes through our thoughts focused on God’s character of faithfulness.
I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit gave me “Waiting is an active verb” this morning because I lived it out. I had three appointments this morning. Each one required long waiting times. Since I was away from home, my action could only be praying for those I normally pray for. Great lesson. More tomorrow.