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A Pastor’s View

I Wait For The LORD

By Shawn Thomas 

“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope …” (Psalm 130:5)

I just told Cheryl this morning, “The biggest thing we have on our list right now, we can’t do anything about” — selling our house. It is totally out of our hands. We can pack, we can clean, we can list, we can line up things in Texas, and so on but we can’t make anyone buy our house. It is THE biggest thing we have on our list and there is pretty much, virtually nothing we can really do about it but “wait for the LORD.” But that is exactly what He wants us to do, as this Psalm indicates.

I woke up this morning, after a long and emotional day of farewells yesterday, with this first thought: “People see ‘events;’ but God sees the shaping of character.” That is so true. We see this as “are we going to sell the house?” God sees it is, “Are they going to trust Me?” His goal isn’t just “selling a house,” but building trust in us; faith; faithfulness; holiness; Christ-like character. So, we need to see this, and everything else that happens in our lives, from God’s perspective. Learn what He wants us to during it. And from what I can see (especially here in Psalm 130) it is to TRUST HIM. “Wait for the LORD more than the watchman for the morning.” We can do nothing; so, we need to just look to Him, and wait. He has done so much for us already; surely, we can trust Him for this!  So: “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.”


Shawn Thomas has been a Southern Baptist pastor for almost 35 years, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas.