With the concept of the process being in the forefront of my thoughts at the dawn of 2017 waiting is something I want to pursue as a study more often. We have been studying how waiting is used by God to shape and mold use and the study of Psalm 25 has been quite fruitful to show use the importance of God’s Word in waiting because it is His primary way of revelation to us. One idea I have wrestled with is how God uses both the natural and the supernatural in the process. Both are from God. The Christian likes to emphasize the supernatural and that is what I had found to be the most fascinating part of the process, but now I am seeing the wonderful natural elements of the process. Waiting is part of the process that is part of the natural and the supernatural. I may write more on this idea this year as the Lord leads, but I like throwing it out there for your meditation.
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 – Part 2.
Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. (Colossians 1:5, NKJV)
We have been meditating upon the waiting which leads to truth. In the Scriptures we have been prayerfully reading we observe the word of truth is the gospel message. The word of truth leads us to many blessings due to our belief upon God’s truth. The blessing promised in this passage is of a hope we have in heaven, in which we deposit for use in the hereafter. There will be a future day in which disciples will enjoy heavenly treasures stored to their account (Matthew 6:20). We are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and our inheritance is held there for us (1 Peter 1:4). Waiting upon the Lord with great hope leads to this blessing and truth.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13, NKJV)
You received the word of God which you heard from us. The waiting disciple receives the Word of God because he heard the gospel message and the Holy Spirit worked in his life to bring about transference of the gospel truth from the Apostle to the believer.
You welcomed it not as the word of men. The Word was not received because it was a mass marketing tool by which men are tricked into receiving, as if from men. Rather, the Word was welcomed because it is the Word of God, the Word of truth.
It was received as in truth, the Word of God. This drives home the argument we have been presenting: God’s Word is received as truth for one simple reason: it is God’s very words. The disciple will receive truth as he waits upon the Lord and His revealed truth in the Holy Scriptures.
The word of God effectively works in those who believe. The readers could understand God working in their circumstances through seeing God working through the situation which encumbered them. A Jew saw his life in contrast to the self-righteous religious Jew. A Gentile saw his life set against the life of the pagan exciting his own flesh through his immoral pagan past. God works in the life of the believing disciple who waits upon the Lord with hope.
Have you received God’s Word as truth? Are you waiting upon God with great hope and His Word? If not, commit to do so today.