Psalm 40:1 Waiting Patiently

Impatient waiting

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 

Having to wait is something that is seen everywhere one has to go. One has to wait in traffic, wait in lines in the stores and often, even in the banks. Waiting in line at a restaurant or waiting for the food. At home people are waiting for a check to be deposited, waiting for someone to get home, waiting for an answer to something, waiting for the computer to start up.

Waiting is extremely common. Some will wait patiently, but many will get agitated or angry with the waiting. They want things right away. Things can never be fast enough.

David said that he waited patiently for the Lord to answer him. God did turn and listen to his cry.

Waiting is no different for believers. They cry out to God for an answer and then have to wait for Him to answer them. In the mind of the person, the situation is critical with no time to waste. The answer is needed right away, yet, God does not always answer right away.

This is where waiting patiently comes in. This shows that the believer is trusting God and His timing. It is letting go of the situation and letting God have complete control, whether it feels like God is in control or not.

As one is waiting patiently, there is no anxiety or worries. There is no fear or anger. He does not allow himself to shut down and try to get off the roller coaster of life. It is continuing to move forward in life worshipping and serving God and doing what one can do. It is knowing that God will answer at the perfect time, in His own way.

There will be times in your life when you are going to go through a struggle that appears to be overwhelming you. You will be crying out to God for help or direction. As you cry out, it is silent. God does not immediately answer your call for help.

You have two options, you can be scared and angry at God, or you can wait patiently knowing He knows what is best. Waiting patiently removes all stress and fear. It is trusting God completely in the situation and waiting for His answer.

God will always answer you in the best way at the perfect time. Wait patiently for that answer.

I pray today that you will seek God in every situation; that you will trust God’s answer to every situation; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will be patient in waiting for God’s answer. 

Psalm 33:20 Waiting In Hope

Waiting patiently

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 

The world is always seeking how to make things better. Doctors and scientist are spending billions of dollars searching for ways to bring about cures to various sicknesses. Others are fighting for ways to clean up the environment to save nature and mankind.

Challenges in this world are so great that many do not have much hope. They cannot see any real solutions to most of the problems that are being faced. Death and sickness is so great that people cannot see around the problems and want to give up. They have no joy in their lives because they no longer have any hope.

David knows that there is a hope that the world does not know of. His hope was in the Lord. It is only God who can help and be the needed shield.

Believers are not any less susceptible to problems and challenges in life than the rest of the world. Every day they face many of the same problems that non-believers face.

The difference between the believer and the non-believer is that the believer has a hope that is real. This is not a hope, like ‘I hope this will happen’, but a hope that says, ‘I KNOW this WILL happen’. Every believer know that Jesus and the Father are true to their word. They will do what they said they will do.

Two of the things God said He would do is be the needed help and shield for those who put their trust in Him. God helps the believer by removing the situation or giving him strength to make it through the situation. He puts a hedge of protection around the believer protecting him from being destroyed spiritually. His salvation is secure and for eternity, unless one gives it up.

While these things may not have occurred yet, the believer knows that they will happen in God’s time.

You also can have this assurance in God. God has never failed yet and he will not start now with you. He will always be there to help you in your time of need. God will help you in the best way possible for eternity, regardless of how it looks in the here and now.

As you put your trust in Jesus, He will shield you from losing the salvation He has given to you and that you have accepted.

Rejoice and keep waiting on the Lord.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you know the hope you can have in God; that you will know the help God provides you; that you will see God’s shield in your life; and that you will rejoice in God. 

Job 24:1 Where Is God’s Judgement?

Judges hammer

Why does the Almighty not set times for judgement? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days? Job 24:1

Looking out on this world there are crimes being committed each and every day. Those who abide by the rules often wonder why these crimes are allowed. They want to know where are the police when things are done wrong.

This can often be seen on the highways. One person is driving in a very dangerous manner and there does not appear to be a policeman around to stop him. Another person drives two miles over the speed limit by accident and gets stopped and a ticket. Judgement against the crimes does not seem to appear.

Job was seeing this type of action occurring. People were rebelling against God, refusing to obey Him, yet, nothing was happening. Job was striving to follow God with all of his heart and nothing but bad was occurring. He begins to wonder why God has not set a time to judge the wicked.

Questioning why God does not judge the wicked is a question people ask even to this day. The world thinks that they are getting away with their sin, because nothing is happening to them.

God is not quick to judge and punish people. He is patient and loving, merciful and full of grace. He does not want anyone to be punished or condemned, but all brought to salvation and a change of heart and actions. God is very quick to forgive and restore, where man is quick to judge and destroy.

In reality, if God were to be quick and judge every person for their sins, then there would be no one alive on this planet. Every person has sinned so much that punishment and death would have to be immediate.

If it were not for God’s love, grace and patience, you would not be here today. You would not have had the chance to be a believer and a child of God.

Allow God to fill your heart with His love for all people, even those who are have committed the worst crimes against humanity. Rather than seeking judgement against them, seek to be a witness of Jesus to them. Believe that God can change lives.

Living like this gives people a chance to believe in Jesus. So don’t ask when God is going to judge them,  but ask when will He save them.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and patience; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will seek to bring people to Jesus; and that God will fill you with His love and patience for all people. 

Revelation 13:10 Patience & Faithfulness Required

 

Chains on feet

“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Revelation 13:10

God revealed to John that there would be a day in which the beast, the devil, would be given power to rule upon the earth. He would be given power to fight against all believers. During this time it is pointed out that anyone destined to captivity or dying by the sword will go into captivity or die by the sword.

Over the centuries many different leaders have led many different countries. Each one is a little different. Some are sympathetic to believers, while others fight believers directly. The world as a whole, however, does fight against believers. While it does appear to ebb and flow some, as a whole it the fight is getting stronger and stronger.

No one likes to hear that they may have to go into captivity or be killed. This is especially true for the believer, who is not doing anything wrong, yet, this is what will happen to many believers.

John is quick to point out that believers must then be patient and faithful during this time. While sitting in captivity, they must have patience in waiting on God’s move. They must be faithful all the way to the point of death.

In the end God and all His people will win the battle. However, until then, times will be rough, persecution and suffering will be great, and death will occur. No believer is to throw in the towel and follow the ways of the world. Nor are they to fear what is happening or could happen.

As you go through or see rough times, you must stay focused on God. He has given the promise to save you. He has shown you how to live your life. He has promised that in the end He will win the battle. There will be a time when all suffering and death will end.

Until that time, stay faithful to God and wait patiently for His timing. Do not be anxious or worried, God will win in the end and if you are following Jesus, you also will win the battle.

Are you being patient and faithful today?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the evil in this world; that God will fill you with His patience; and that you will be faithful to God.