The act of waiting defines leaders. In Psalms 130:6 (“I wait for the Lord MORE than watchmen wait for the morning.”) we see the role of a watchman as one who watches over what he is charged with to keep all safe through the dark times. Surely we have all experienced times when we must make decisions for the good of others, yet we, ourselves are not sure of the future and are unable to make clear a plan to move. We often hunker down, buy time, close off, in order to re-group or make a new plan. It’s a tough spot to be in. Others look to us, depend on us, to lead them. What we know from Jesus is that we don’t have to be passive in our waiting for clarity as the invalid were in John 5:3 (“In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of water.”) They waited for something, anything to happen to them. This type of waiting is passive. In the Greek it is ekdechomai meaning to accept from some source. Jesus healed the man (he was able to walk again) even though the man could’ve healed himself many years ago. Jesus rescues us but surely He must be discouraged when we have the power and ability to help ourselves, if we would only remember who we are in Him. Are you passively waiting for others to bring you solutions or are you actively waiting on God, remembering who you are in Christ.
In Psalms 33:20, the psalmist writes, “Our soul waiteth for the Lord who is our helper (in labour); and our shield (protection).” This type of waiting is the Greek word chakah (piercing, to adhere to, longing). The root of this word (chaqah) means to carve carved work, portrayed, set a print, by implication delineate. I believe this type of waiting demonstrates our separation as carved from God, in his image (set a print), and that our waiting is powerfully motivated and actively anticipating reattachment or reconnection to our one true source. We wait expectantly here, have hope. Just as we look in the mirror to see ourselves, if we look to Him to see ourselves, we will have the ability to discern between right and wrong and make decisions that glorify Him. It’s much easier to wait actively when we are checking daily in the “mirror.” We can more readily see change, will more easily remember the recent past, and better be able to foresee what will happen tomorrow.
If we go back to the opening verse of Psalm 130:6, we can see that a “watchman’s” wait is gavah, the Greek word for binding together, perhaps by twisting, i.e. collect, to expect, look patiently (not anxiously), gather together, wait upon, on, or for. The implication is that all of the waiting is not for us but for our Lord. We wait to be joined to him, and in that active waiting, as leaders, we wait upon, on, or for Him. The result is morning, new light, new ideas, ultimately, discernment for God’s definition of success! I don’t know about you, but I want God’s timing, His plan for waiting!
“For since the beginning of the world, men have not heard, not perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen O God, beside thee, what He [you] hath prepared for him [us] that waiteth for Him [you].” Isaiah 64:4.
Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, help to labor with our hands, feet, and mind. Your ways are better than our ways. Your wisdom provides the discernment we must have to do your work, and to achieve your successes here on earth. Help us to put our vain desires aside, to get up and walk the narrow path to you. Provide us with morning light, your light, as we recognize our longing to reconnect with our creator and source, our good and sure Father. Thank you that you provide your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit as intercessor and counselor during the dark times. We are truly empowered to do all that we need to do through you. There is only victory because you have already defeated our enemies. Thank you that you trust us as your watchmen to do good for those things under our charge. We honor you in our work.
Amen (the truth)