“Wait on Jehovah and keep His way and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see.”
Patience is not an inherent virtue of Adams race. Nor is it a quality of nature for God has created “all things full of labour”. Time has been set as the drill instructor that beats out the cadence to which all things move so that there is no such thing as standing still. Adam was formed of the dust of the earth and immediately put to work with certain assignments entrusted to him of Almighty God and he has never ceased from his labours.
Contrary to this nature is the Word of God to His people. His instructions the nation of Israel by His servant Moses was to “stand still and see the salvation of Jehovah”. They had just been freed from 400 years of servitude and hard labour and now, seemingly trapped between the sea and the wilderness, Moses did not direct them to turn and fight but rather to be silent. God did not need their help, their strength or their military prowess, rather He told them to stand still and watch as He destroyed the armies of Egypt with His outstretched arm. As an eagle rips the meat from the prey so Jehovah God ripped His chosen people out of the house of the strong man and delivered them (Deut. 5:15).
God had promised Abram that his seed would be as the sands of the sea and the stars of the heavens. He also told him that they would be strangers in a foreign land and be in servitude to that nation years before Isaac was even born. Abram first thought that Eliazer, his servant would be his heir. Then Sarai thought to help by giving Abram her Egyptian maid, Hagar. Abram had to wait for Ishmael to be born and grow up before the time was right for Sarai to conceive and bear the child of promise. He had to wait until he was 99 years old and Sarah was 100 year of age before the promise of God came to pass. Yet he, being weak in the body but not weak in faith, staggered not at the promise nor considered the deadness of his body or of Sarah’s womb, being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was also able to perform (Rms. 4:20).
This waiting is evident throughout the testimony as God causes His people to be patient when there is no natural evidence and steadfast when there appears no hope. Methuselah waited 969 years for the judgment of God to come and destroy the evil generation. Noah waited 600 years as God enabled and empowered him to build an ark in anticipation of rain which he had never seen before. After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, he and his family waited as the waters returned and dry land was discovered.
Rachel waited for over twenty years as her sister bore child after child until such a time when God opened her womb and Joseph was born. David was anointed King over Israel and then was caused to wait as King Saul and his armies tried to kill him (I Sam. 26:2). Then when Saul was dead, Israel did not welcome David as King as he again waited for two years to be once again anointed and received as King (II Sam. 2:10 3:10). Again David was made to wait when God put it in his heart to build an house unto Jehovah God. He was enabled to assemble all the components but he must needs wait until the man of war died, having put all his enemies under his feet, and the King of Peace was set up as King.
Israel waited in captivity for 70 years until God turned the heart of evil King Cyrus to decree that the house of the God of Israel should be rebuilt and then after many delays and interruptions another 80 years passed before the walls of the city were finished under Nehemiah. The Word of God by the hand of his prophets said that after the going forth of this decree Messiah would return in 70 weeks, yet 490 years must elapse before the manifestation of the promise was realized.
Now when Jesus had crossed the sea to the land of Gadarenes, He came to a man who was possessed by many demons. After sending them into a herd of swine and destroying them, the man sat quietly by the Lord and the people of the land were sore afraid. Jesus left the land and again crossed the sea into Galilee. Here the people were waiting for Him and they thronged about Him when He arrived. Immediately a man, named Jairus, came and fell down before Him. Jairus was led of the Spirit to come to Jesus to petition Him to heal his twelve year old daughter but he had to wait.
Instead of going straightway with the frantic father, a certain woman came through the crowd and touched the hem of the robe of Jesus. An unclean, polluted women with an issue of blood for twelve years was led by the power of the Spirit of the Most High God, to contaminate all she came in contact with in this crowd and potentially make Jesus unclean by touching him (Lev. 15: 19-33). She was sickly and growing worse. She had spent all she had on worthless physicians. She was weak and dying from blood loss and had no right to be in the city yet she had waited for twelve years suffering this infirmity.
Jesus stopped and asked who had touched Him. Peter said, “Master the multitude throng thee and press and sayest thou, who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me for I perceived that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him and all the people for what cause she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately” (Luke 8:45ff). The imputed faith of the Son of God, the manifestation of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit had caused her to walk by faith and to come unto the Master to be healed, and it came to pass.
BUT . . .Jairus was still waiting and his daughter died!
It was not the right time or circumstances for Jesus to go to the house of Jairus and heal his daughter. Jairus had to wait until his daughter had died before the fullness of time had come for the power of God to raise her from the dead. He and his wife needed to grieve the loss, be full of sorrow and then to be astonished (8:56).
So God is not calling for the Adamic old man to become still and wait upon Him as if to bargain with the natural man. He commanded His bride to awake, stand up, shake off the dust and sit down. As an obedient wife, she did as she was commanded by her Lord and is now seated together with Him in the heavenly places. The imperative nature of this command leaves no room for deviation or the inventions of the mind of Adam. He called forth His beloved and she came forth. The word of the King came in power and might as he causes the house of the redeemed to “be still and know that He is God” (Ps. 46:10).
In the same manner He also instructs His people to not become dry with anger or envious of the wicked and their evil deeds. The wicked prosper in this world because they are of the earth earthly. They are sustained by the fruit of the field and they perform the works of their father, the Devil, who is the prince of the power of the air. They thrive in their homeland and find contentment in the natural environment.
The child of grace is a stranger in a foreign land. They are not as wise in the things of this world as the Canaanites and their affections are set on things from above. He has put His law in their inward parts and they delight after the law of God in the inner man. They have full confidence in the power, majesty and faithfulness of the promise of God even though they must wait as His perfect will is made manifest. This trust is because He is the Sovereign King of the universe for He is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Being they are born of that incorruptible seed, they cannot sin, therefore do they depart from evil, cease from anger and forsake wrath. They are silent and quiet as they rest in Jehovah God and wait patiently for Him (37:7).
The more His people grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, the more this confidence and rest are made evident. Not in Adam though for he is still full of labour and by this labour he cannot find out the things of God. Therefore as the delight, trust and rest are manifested, so the conflict of the impatience and corruption of the flesh intensifies until the poor child of grace cries out; “O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death” (Rms. 7:24).
But how is this patience obtained? First it is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). If one has not the Spirit of God he is none of His and if there is no Spirit dwelling within, then there can be no long-suffering. If one is a child of the King, then he has been separated from his mother’s womb and the Spirit of God dwells in him and when it pleases the Father, he shall reveal Himself to His Beloved. Yet this patience is perfected in trials and tribulations.
Man cannot make himself to be born of the flesh and he has no power over the Spirit to cause himself or another to be born from above. Neither has he any power to bring the trying of this faith upon himself any more than he can conjure up faith and shew it to another by the tangible proofs of the flesh. God has afore ordained such troubles as are necessary for the perfection of the saints. The woman agonized for twelve years until she was “strengthened with all might according to His glorious power” (Col. 1:11) to bring her to the place, through the crowd and to the hem of His garment. Her faith, the imputed faith of the Son of God had made her whole, therefore the wait, the suffering, the trials and the pain were commensurate to the glory of the deliverance that she received.
“The deliverance of the righteous of Jehovah is their strength in the tie of trouble” (37:39)
Without the trouble there can be no appreciation of the deliverance and without being given eyes to see there is no understanding of the trouble one is in. Without the strength that is made complete in that all that is suffered, there is no confidence in the power of God and His immutability, and without faith it is impossible to please Him. But, His people love Him and keep His commandments by the power of His will and they love one another in the fellowship of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, therefore brethren;
“Wait on Jehovah”
The wicked have been cut off from the land of the living. The children of the King have inherited the Kingdom for it is the good pleasure of the Father to give them the Kingdom and when He shall appear we shall see Him and the glory of His finished work.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 19, 2013