THE KING OF A CERTAIN COUNTRY was growing old, and he had no son to succeed him. He announced to his people that he would choose an heir to the throne from among the young men of the country by a competitive test in which would give all an equal chance. On the day appointed a great number of young men presented themselves. A certain test was made, and some failed while others passed. Then other tests came, and each time some were rejected till at last only three young men were left.
They were put through test after test, but all seemed equally able to meet them, so the king announced through his heralds that on the next day the would be decided by a foot race. The course was marked off, the judges were at their places, and all was ready. Just at this time a man came up to each of the contestants and said secretly to him, “The king is taking special not of you. Do not run when the signal is given until the king gives you a special signal.” The three took their places eager for the race. The signal was given, on bounded forward quickly, then hesitated and stopped: then another sprang forward after him, upon which the first started forward again and they ran for the goal with all speed. The third stood looking anxiously at the king and at the two runners, murmuring to himself, “I can make it yet, I can make it yet.” The king gazed at the runners and gave no heed to the one that was standing. The waiting man thought himself forgotten and soon realized that it would be impossible for him to win the race. He felt that all was lost for him.
The two runners ran on at top speed, reaching the goal together. They were brought back, and all three stood before the king. To the first he said, “Were you not told not to run until I gave you the signal? Why then did you run?”
“I forgot, “ said the man.
Of the second he asked the same question. His reply was, “I thought it would be but a moment till you would give the signal, and seeing the other running I ran also.”
To the third he said, “And why did not you run?”
“Because you did not give me the signal, sir,” he answered.
“My son,” said the king, “I knew that you could run, but I did not know that you could wait.”
So the young man found that the test was not of doing, but of waiting.
Wait on the Lord:
- Wait– in the spirit of praise
- Do– only what He bids you
Our interference hinders His working.
Sow- till- wait- trust! It takes God time to answer prayer.
Cowardice says, “Retreat, go back!”
Precipitancy cries, “Do something; stir yourself!”
Presumption boasts, “March forward; expect a miracle!”
Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up!”
But FAITH hears GOD say, “STAND STILL! Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action- cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice.”
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:4-7
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done for you!” John 15:14
“If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it!” John 14:14
Ask! and it shall be given to you;
Seek! and ye shall find;
Knock! and it shall be opened unto you!:
For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened..” Matthew 7: 7-8
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Hebrews 10: 35-36
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalms 27:14