How Are We to Wait?

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6

Suppose one knows this salvation to be the gift and the work of God, and suppose further that he or she is convinced also that they do not have this gift, how might they attain to it.

If you say, “believe, and you will be saved!” they answer, “True, but how shall I believe?” You replay, “Wait upon God.”

“Well, but how am I to wait Using the means of grace, or not? Am I to wait for the grace of God which brings salvation by using the means of grace or by laying them aside?”

It cannot be conceived that the Word of God should give no direction in so important a point; or that the Son of God, who came down from heaven for us and for our salvation, should have left us without direction with regard to a question in which our salvation is so nearly concerned. And, in fact, He has not left us undirected; He has shown us the way in which we should go. We have only to consult the Word of God. Inquire what is written there. If we simply abide by that, no possible doubt can remain.

According to Holy Scripture, all who desire the grace of God are to wait for it in the means which He has ordained—in using, not in laying aside, prayer; hearing, reading, and meditating on the scriptures; and partaking of the Lord’s Supper.

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