Twenty-Six

IN HOLY EXPECTANCY

Mic 7:7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Waiting for the answer to prayer, or for the answer to my special petitions, is not the whole of waiting, only a part…but an important part in which my waiting must be very definitely in the confident assurance, “My God will hear me.” A holy, joyful expectation, an excited anticipation, is the very essence of true waiting. And here is the one great petition which ought to be the chief thing every heart seeks for itself… that the life of God in my soul may have full sway; that Christ may be fully formed within, and that I may be filled to all the fullness of God: Eph 3:16-19: May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His Glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in your inner self by His Indwelling Holy Spirit. May Christ, through your faith, in blessed reality dwell in your heart! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His Love; that you may truly come to know through personal experience the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge about Him; that you may be entirely filled unto all the fullness of the Divine Presence of God within you! This is what God has promised!

But God Himself must work it, and for this end my working must cease. I must see how entirely it is to be faith in the operation of God who raised Jesus from the dead…just as much as the resurrection, the perfecting of God’s life in my soul is to be directly His work. And waiting has to become more than ever a tarrying before God in stillness of soul, counting upon Him who raises the dead, and calls the things that are not as though they were. Everything that is salvation, everything that is good and holy, must be the direct mighty work of God Himself within me. Every moment of the life in the will of God must be the immediate operation of God. And the one thing I have to do is this: to look to the Lord with child-like trust and child-like dependence; to wait for the God of my salvation with a holy expectancy; to hold fast the confident assurance with a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation; “My God will most assuredly hear me.”

God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In my fellowship with Jesus in His death and burial, in death to self with its own will and wisdom, its own strength and energy, there is rest. As I cease from self, and my soul becomes still before God, God will arise and reveal Himself. In Christ, in His death, and in His Life, in His perfected redemption, the soul may be still, and God will indeed come in, and take possession, and do His perfect work.  My soul, be thou still only unto God.

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!

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