Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God’s Word is the word of truth and we know this by waiting upon Him with great hope.
By the word of truth, by the power of God… (2 Corinthians 6:7, NKJV)
In this passage of Scripture Paul is stating the attributes of his ministry, which should also be ours. Paul’s ministry was built upon the foundation of Christ with integrity (to not receive the grace of God in vain – 6:1). Paul’s ministry was by the word of truth and the power of God. As we wait upon the Lord the power of God works through the word of truth. We wait with hope and He works through us because we are prepared to handle the Word of God correctly.
In Him you trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14, NKJV)
This passage is loaded with application as to why we wait on the Lord. First we note trust in the Savior is the result of hearing and believing the truth. Waiting teaches us to slow down and listen to the word of truth. The word of truth is defined as the gospel (or good news) of your salvation. To gain a richer understanding of our salvation is to know the gospel, and the best way to do that is to wait upon God with the Scriptures before you.
We previously meditated upon the promise of the Holy Spirit and this passage informs us of our being sealed by the Holy Spirit when we believe. The seal is the mark of ownership and was used on legal documents in that time. The Father will never let go of you because you are sealed as His property (the purchased possession) and the seal cannot be broken by Him.
The Holy Spirit residing in us is the guarantee of an inheritance. The Greek word for guarantee is an interesting one. To apply this word to this passage would have the meaning of a deposit or a down payment. The deed of ownership is being transferred to God, by which He can give to us as an inheritance. The other use of this word can also be applied to the life of the disciple because the word can be used of an engagement ring. Christ as the Bridegroom has made His intentions known to the world of the soon awaited marriage to us, the bride of Christ (Revelation 19:6-10). Wait upon the Bridegroom with great hope for He is preparing a home for us and will come at any moment.
We are the purchased possession of the Lord and it all began when we heard the word of truth and believed. We wait upon God and the Spirit of truth is revealed. At this very moment a chain reaction occurs and we become fully the passion of the Father in Christ by the Holy Spirit. We experience this through hearing and believing.
God’s world is truth and it is powerful. Wait upon Him in the word of God with hope and experience the life of the bride. Rejoice for your Bridegroom comes.