For Unlooked-For Things
3When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. —Isaiah 64:3-4
The need of God’s people, and the call for God’s intervention, is as urgent now as it was in the time of Isaiah. There is now, as there was then, as there has been at all times, a few who seek after God with their whole hearts. But, if we look at Christendom as a whole, at the state of the church of Christ, there is infinite cause for beseeching God to rend the heavens and come down. Nothing but a special interposition of Almighty power will avail. I fear we do not have a proper conception of what the so-called Christian world is in the sight of God. Unless God comes down “as when the melting fire burneth . . . to make [His] name known to [His] adversaries” (Isaiah 64:2 kjv), our labors are comparatively fruitless.
Look at the ministry; how much it is in the wisdom of man and of literary culture; how little in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. Think of the unity of the body; how little there is of the manifestation of the power of a heavenly love binding God’s children into one. Think of holiness; the holiness of Christ-like humility and crucifixion to the world. How little the world sees that they have men among them who live in Christ in heaven, in whom Christ and heaven live!
What is to be done? There is only on the thing. We must wait upon God. And what for? We may cry, with a cry that never rests, “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens . . .[and] come down, that the mountains might flow down by thy presence” (Isaiah 64:1 KJV). We must desire and believe, we must ask and expect, that God will do unlooked-for things. We must set our faith on a God of whom men do not know what He has prepared for them who wait for Him. The wonder-doing God, who can surpass all our expectations, must be the God of our confidence.
Yes, let God’s people enlarge their hearts to wait on a God able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20 kjv). Let us band ourselves together as His elect who cry day and night to Him for things men have not seen. He is able to arise and to make His people a name and a praise in the earth. “The LORD will wit, that he may be gracious unto you . . . blessed are all they that wait for him” (Isaiah 30:18 KJV). —Andrew Murray
Prayer – Father, I am so impatient. Waiting on You to answer my prayers is so difficult, yet I know it is one of the ways You choose to grow my faith. Forgive me for my impatience, and help me to wait on You to answer with eager expectation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.