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Waiting on an Omnipresent Lord is an Oxymoron: Part 1 of 2

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Last week I attended a party in Los Angeles hosted by a Christian newspaper where I am a contributing writer. The seating arrangements placed the writers of the paper, two men and two women in all, at the same table. Our table seated eight and other office staffers occupied the other four chairs. One of the female writers was an evangelist and author. Her weekly column is targeted at single Christian women. She advises her readers to wait on the Lord and trust him to send the right man. At the table she elaborated on how women should trust God for the right man and wait on the Lord in everything they do. Another woman at the table stated that women are often the victim of their own hastiness; therefore, they need to wait on the Lord. Finally one of the male writers, who is also a pastor, threw his two cents into the conversation. His contribution was that all Christians should wait on the Lord in every aspect of their lives. Gradually our table became a ‘wait on the Lord’ sermonette. The chatter of our table of holy scribes and others caused me to squirm with disagreement; however, I smiled through clenched teeth and held my peace for two reasons. First, I was outnumbered by 7 to 1 and second I didn’t want to make waves in the harmonious fellowship. Besides, my perspective is the final and absolute word and subject to misinterpretation just like theirs.

However, at the safe haven of my computer and at the risk of sounding like an antichrist, I want to suggest that all of these Christian advisors should advise people to stop waiting on the Lord and simply receive him. How can you wait on the Lord when he is already with you? However, if you don’t realize the Lord is with you then you must wait until you discover the truth. I get so frustrated with hearing men and women sounding like broken wind-up dolls that can say nothing except, “I’m waiting on the Lord - I’m waiting on the Lord - I’m waiting on the Lord...” In my understanding of the Word, Jesus Christ is standing at the door knocking and saying if you open it I will come in and dine with you. (Rev. 3:20). In Isaiah 4:10 the Lord says, Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed. And John 15:4 gives the following words “Abide in me, and I in you. So my question remains, “How can you wait on someone that is already there - living in you?”

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