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Patience is a virtue. Waiting on the Lord requires patience. Could it be that waiting on the Lord is how He weaves patience into the fabric of our lives? As Spurgeon points out it takes years of teaching. I’ve been in that school for some time now and I still struggle!
Spurgeon helped me with some practical advice in this devotional. “Wait in prayer”; “wait with simplicity of soul”; “wait in faith”; “wait in quiet patience”. Finally he concludes by saying “my heart is fixed on you alone, O God, and my spirit waits for You in the deep conviction that You will still be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower”
To better understand I read Psalm 27. It begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life…”. v4 says “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple”. v11 says “Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path”. Finally our verse for this devotional, v 14, “wait for the Lord”.
It’s all about perspective. I must be still and wait to see the light of the Lord, to experience His strength, to behold His beauty, to learn from His Word the path of righteousness. When I do, the Joy of the Lord fills my soul, but when I am caught up in the cares of this world and deceived by Satan that I don’t have time to wait, there is no Joy. So I’m learning that the absence of Joy in my life is the surest indicator that I am not waiting on the Lord. I pray that our hearts would be fixed on Him alone and as a result we will find the fulfillment we seek as we wait on Him!
Jehovah-Rophi, “the Lord who heals you”. As a physician, I know Him well. I can’t recall the number of patients I treated, the sutures I placed in the bodies of people over my 30 years of practice but I never healed any of them! Jehovah-Rophi did that through His amazing grace and the ability He gave the human body to heal. “He who made man can restore man”, physically and spiritually.
“What a transcendent comfort it is that in the person of Christ all the fullness of deity dwells bodily”. “My soul, whatever your disease, this Great Physician can heal you!” “No one can restrain the healing power that proceeds from Jesus, our Lord!” It’s very gratifying to witness a patient recover from an illness or injury but even more gratifying to see a soul saved. I am so grateful that He gave me the opportunity to join Him in the practice of medicine (physical and spiritual)!