XVII IN TIMES OF DARKNESS
Isa 8:17: I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him.
The privilege of waiting upon God is one that brings great responsibility. Even as Christ, when He entered God’s Presence, at once used His place of privilege and honor as an intercessor, so I, no less, if I know what it is really to enter in and wait upon God, must use my access for my less favored brethren: It is Christ…Who also maketh intercession for us [Rom 8:34]. Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them [Heb 7:25].
I am called, with a tender heart, to think of their sad estate, and to wait on God on their behalf. It may be a Church congregation, where there is not the spiritual life or joy either in the preaching or in the fellowship; it may be a Christian work, in which the feebleness of the Spirit’s working appears to indicate that God is hiding His face; it may be the present state of whole Church denominations or countries, with the millions that belong to them; I am to realize my calling to wait on God on their behalf. Instead of the tone of judgment or condemnation, I am to let the Spirit of the prophet come into me, and set myself to wait on God on behalf of His erring children. The deeper their darkness, the greater the need of my appealing to the One only Deliverer. The greater the self-confidence around me, that knows not that it is poor and wretched and blind, the more urgent the call on me who professes to see the evil and to have access to Him who alone can help, to be at my post waiting on God.
I am to take time and wait on Him in this exercise. I am called to wait on God in tender, loving intercession for all saints, my beloved brethren, however wrong their lives or their teaching may appear. I must wait on God in faith and expectation, until He shows me that He will hear. I am to wait on God, with the simple offering of myself to Himself, and the earnest prayer that He would send me to my brethren. I am to wait on God, and give Him no rest till He make Zion a joy in the Earth. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and my hope is in His Word. My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than the watchers wait for the morning, more than the watchers wait for the morning.
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!