Lamentations 3:26 Wait Quietly

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It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 

Waiting for something to happen is something that is not easy or fun to do for most people. People do not like to wait. They want things or their answers right now. No matter how fast it is, they want it just a little bit faster.

In the process of waiting for the answer, many people like to complain. They will complain about why it is taking so long to get the answer, complain about the struggle they are in, complain why others have it ‘easier’ than they do, and many other things to complain about. They are not quiet about the fact that they are having to wait.

Jeremiah tells the people that it is good to wait quietly for God’s answer, the salvation that was promised. He had spoken this while in exile and knowing that there was a promise to be returned out of exile.

Believers are not much different from those in the world with regards to complaining. They do not like to wait either. People pray to God for an answer, and immediately begin to complain because they did get the answer they were expecting right away.

Just as the Israelites groaned and complained in the desert, people moan and complain today because they have to go through some struggle or difficulty and God has not removed it from them.

As one complains, it is showing that he is not trusting in God’s better judgement of the situation. He is not relying upon God’s strength to make it through the situation.

Waiting implies trust. It is telling God and others that one believes what God has said in His word that He would meet all of his needs according to His riches in glory.

While you are going through a difficult situation, the first thing to do is pray to God about it. Then wait quietly trusting that God will guide you and help you in and through the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be disgruntled and begin to complain to and against God, because the situation was not dealt with immediately. Know that God’s timing is best and He will provide the needed salvation at the perfect time.

Just as you must wait until you are brought into heaven for eternity, you must wait here on this earth for salvation from some troubles. Give God praise while you wait quietly for His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will quietly wait for God’s provision; and that you will know God’s promises to you. 

Psalm 112:7 No Fear

Man sitting on cliff edge

They will have no fear of bad news: their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7 

Hearing bad news about someone or something else is what sells in the news broadcasting business. People want to hear about the negative things going on around the world. Only on rare occasions does good news make the headline news.

In the personal lives of most, people do not want to hear any bad news. They do not want to hear from their doctor that he has bad news for them. Very few people want to get a phone call containing bad news.

In both types of bad news people often get fearful. They are afraid of what might happen or will happen. Hearing the news makes people fear going places or other people. Hearing bad news personally makes one fear that things will change.

The psalmist points out that those who are righteous have no fear of any bad news. The simple reason is that they trust in God.

While living in this life, there will come days when every person will hear some bad news. There will be trouble and challenges in this life. However, the believer knows that God is in control and loves him.

If God is in control and loves a person, there is no reason to be afraid. Fear does not need to come about because one knows that God will not allow anything to happen that is not within His will.

Love will cast out all fear, strengthening a person. Love trusts that God will either remove the what is bad, protect the person or help the person walk through the bad situation.

The believer knows that he is secure in Jesus Christ, that there is nothing that the world can do to stop the salvation He provides. With that there is no fear.

As you go through your days, you will hear or see bad news. Some of it will be impersonal, while other news will be very personal. When you hear the bad news, focus your eyes and thoughts on God, rather than the bad news.

Know what Jesus has done for you and what He will continue to do for you. Know the tremendous love God has for you. Then allow God to remove all fear that may arise in your heart.

Trust that God knows what He is doing and what is best for you. Stand strong and true in Christ Jesus with no fear.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that God will fill you with His presence; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will know God is in control of everything. 

Psalm 104:27 Provision

Fawn in woods

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. Psalm 104:27 

Every person needs some things to survive upon this earth. The very basic needs are food, shelter and clothing. Everything beyond that is a bonus to whoever has it.

In order to get these things, people work jobs to get the needed money to purchase them. This works great, until a person cannot get a job or has a job that does not pay enough to get what is needed.

The majority of people in the world believe that they are the ones completely in control of getting what they need. It is all about self getting those things. And there is great stress if they cannot get those things and more.

The psalmist points out that the creatures look to God for their provision of food. They expect God to provide food at the  right time.

While there is nothing wrong with working for the basic needs, and it is required to do so by God, relying upon self to get them is not what God wants. God wants the believer to trust in Him for the provision of all of his needs.

This is not saying that one does not work and just waits for God to provide. It is saying that a person will seek what God wants him to do and trust God to provide everything needed as it is needed.

Getting food at the time needed may mean that there is no great storehouse filled in with extra food for use whenever one wants, but will be there when needed.

Every believer must trust God in everything and for everything. All he must do is do what God wants Him to do and trust God for the rest.

As you go through this life seek to know what God wants you to do to build His kingdom. Put Him and His kingdom first. As you do that God will provide for all of your needs.

Trust that God will give you what you need at the time you need it, not early nor late. If the animals can trust God and God meets all of their needs, He will surely meet all of your needs.

His help may or may not be ahead of time, but it will always be on time–at the proper and perfect timing.

Are you looking to God for your provision or to your self?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God with all you need; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; and that you will see God’s blessings in your life.

Job 15:31 What Do You Trust In?

Hands raised to heaven

Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. Job 15:31 

Trusting in something is natural for people. They have to trust in things in order to use them. A person will trust in a chair when he sits down in it that it will not break and will hold him. People trust that other people will drive on their side of the road as they drive down the road. People trust that their boss will give them their paycheck on time.

People put their trust in things every day. How much something is trusted varies from person to person and what they trust is as numerous as the stars in the sky.

In response to Job, Eliphaz states that a person should not be deceived in trusting in something that is worthless. His reasoning is that one will not get anything in return for trusting in it. Although Eliphaz was speaking against Job, thinking Job was being self-righteous and doing wrong, he does speak some truth.

People will trust in things that really do not matter in life. They will trust that their wealth or position will provide for all of their needs. They will trust that their good deeds will cover up what they have done wrong. 

This type of thinking can also occur in the church. Some will trust that their going to church will save them. They trust that all their services of work in the church or financial giving will give them good favor with God. Others will trust that because they believed in Jesus many years ago, that they can live as they want in sin and still get into heaven. Many are trusting in the ways of this world to ‘build’ the church.

Trusting like this will cause a person to end up empty in the end. These things are worthless in light of eternity.

Your first focus and trust must be in God. Trust in salvation by the blood of Jesus is the most important thing to trust in.

The things of this world are temporary and cannot really help you or anyone else in eternity. Do not trust in your retirement or job or others for helping you into eternity. Invest into eternity by following God and doing His will on this earth. Everything else will give you nothing in return.

I pray today that you will trust in God; that you will seek God and His ways in all areas of your life; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will walk in His ways.