Greetings again my Brethren.  As in all we do in life we do things and look for the benefits.  So too it is in our walk with the LORD.  In God He makes an investment (His precious Son Jesus Christ) and He is looking for a return the redemption of our souls and out from that God gives us His “benefits.”  In Psalm 68 we read, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”  (Psalm 68:19) Now it is interesting to know the words, “be, who, with, benefits, and even” are not in the original translation of the Bible they were added to make written, but not always spiritual sense.  But in this case these words did not matter. We read, “Blessed the Lord, daily loadeth us the God of our salvation. Selah.”  (Psalm 68:19) The meaning and spiritual concept was not changed.  We see this also in Psalm 103,  ” Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  (Psalm 103:2-5) Wow what benefits we get in God.  Benefits worth more than money and riches.  Yes God gives unto us His benefits.  So too in our waiting.  There are benefits we receive when we wait on the LORD.  The next section we will look at is some of the benefits derived from waiting for and upon God.  First in Isaiah we read, “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”  (Isaiah 64:4)  Here we see a work of God that far exceeds all natural expectations.  This work (or benefit) of God is far beyond the understanding and senses of man.  The “him” is God.  The benefit (the work) comes after we learn to wait on God.  Notice I said “learn” to wait.  In God all we do is a learning process.  Our daily walk with God is all about learning about God.  So many Christians want to do things for God, well yes in time, but first we MUST learn how to become like God in His ways of His dear precious Son Jesus Christ.  We will never do anything of benefit for God or ourselves unless we can learn how to become like His son.  Our time will be spent spending God’s investment on our selves.  There will be no learning of God or of His ways and His dealings or our heart condition only time wasted on what we want from God.  Our lives are to be a continual learning environment every day of our lives need to focus on learning more and more about God and His ways.  Paul in 2 Timothy lays a foundational thought for us NOT to be like, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”  (2 Timothy 3:7-9) We are to be learning and ever learning NOT “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  If so can become “men (and women) of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” Our walk with God must be hallmarked with learning, not learning from this Bible teacher or this ministry, but learning from the mouth of God through His Holy Spirit.  Most schools of the Spirit are not well seated air-conditioned spaces well lit and comfortable, but in the dark recesses of our mind and heart, in the cold and barren windswept wildernesses of no apparent life.  In confusion, discomfort, and in  uncertainty there you will find God hard at work in our lives giving unto us His benefits.

Next month we will continue to look at the benefits  of waiting on God. Walter Beuttler said if you build God a temple He will inhabit it. Have  you built God a temple?  If you do He will abide and wait for you.