Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be
of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
J. O. Fraser, missionary to China in the early 1900s,
We often say, "I am looking forward
to this, that or the other." Have we any right to be so dissatisfied with our
present condition, which God has ordained for us, that we should hanker after
something in the future? I can hardly see that we have. There is one great exception:
we are to look forward with earnest expectation to the coming of the Lord. But
we have to be patient even in this, for to look for our Saviour's appearing is
a very different thing from hankering after enjoyments of which we hope to partake
some time ahead... Why should I, in the hot, close rainy season at Tengyueh, long
for the dry months when things are more pleasant all around? Didn't God intend
me to put up with the discomforts of heat and mildew? Why should I look forward
to the time when I shall be able to speak Chinese more freely? Didn't God intend
me to serve an apprenticeship in learning the language? Why should I look forward
to a little more time for myself, for reading, etc.? Though it is the most natural
thing in the world to have such thoughts, I feel that they are not at all Scriptural.
There is much more of the flesh about them than of the Spirit and they seem to
be inconsistent with the peace of God which, it is promised shall guard our hearts
through Christ Jesus... The Apostle Paul said that he had learned, in whatsoever
state he was, therein to be content, implying that he had reached that attitude
through discipline. And I suppose it must be so with all of us. The natural tendency
is to be always straining after something in the future.
in, Behind the Ranges Biography of J. O. Fraser, p. 38-39.
19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not
good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.