The following devotional appeared on my phone app the other day from bbh and I thought it was so good, I just had to share it with you. We are all going through various trials and situations – I know that this will speak to someone today who really needs a little extra something.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord – Psalm 27:14
“The reason that we many times do not see or feel the Lord is that we are not waiting on the Lord. We are still on our own timetable and we are still running madly ahead of God and hoping He will catch up to our plans. But that is not how God works. He doesn’t change just because we are fickle and He does not hurry just because we are impatient.
Believer, I do not doubt that your trial is real, that your burden is heavy, or that your discouragement is deep. But put your eyes upon this promise, wrap your mind around this word: when we wait courageously on the Lord, He will strengthen our hearts. God is never late and He is never insufficient.
What will the future bring? Wait on the Lord. When will this sorrow end? Wait on the Lord. How can I survive this ordeal? Wait on the Lord. How should I handle this decision? Wait on the Lord. The answer echoes through the tunnel of time and from the soundboard of millions of satisfied saints. Wait, I say, on the Lord.
The trial may not go away tomorrow, but neither will the strength that God has promised to give you. The pain may not diminish, but neither will His grace.”
Waiting on the Lord also means releasing. There is a freedom when we know that we can release whatever we are holding on to. I love that He will give more courage and strength when we simply – wait.
If you are impatient by nature like me – then this is never easy. God works behind the scenes and all around us while we are not aware – and His silence can often mean wait. How often have I been impatient and like a spoiled child – DEMANDED my own way NOW! When we jump ahead of God’s time-table for our lives – He will not stop us – but it is not the best plan for our lives. The more mature we become – we are ready to accept that silence and waiting are a form of spiritual discipline. It is not meant to punish us with the “silent treatment” like many people do when trying to get their own way – God does not think as we do. His silence is meant to teach – and from waiting comes a spiritual depth and wisdom – found in no other way.
Next time you’re tempted to jump ahead of God – just ask yourself this:
What is God trying to teach me? Could there be a reason He is not answering me?
When was the last time you had to wait?
- Ode to Waiting on the Lord! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- Wait On The Lord (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
- Patience and Hope (godisnear.wordpress.com)
- Wait On The Lord (shirlblake.com)
- Wait on the Lord (csmonitor.com)
- Daily Scripture (busymomof03.com)
- Shedding the Signs (aka Waiting on the Lord part 2) (beingrebekah.com)
- Wait Just a Minute (gadberry.wordpress.com)
- Slow Down You Move Too Fast (5gsandacupofjoe.wordpress.com)
- Waiting on the Lord (womenwhospeakinchurch.com)