Psalm 40:1 Waiting Patiently

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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. 

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Psalm 33:20 Waiting In Hope

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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. 

1 Samuel 13:8-9 Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

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He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 1 Samuel 13:8-9 

Most people do not like to wait for other people. When they want to get something done, they do it themselves. Often it is because they have been let down by others in the past. Friends or co-workers did not show up, so the job had to be done alone.

Having patience to wait for someone else is not something most people have. They want the help and they want it right away on their own timetable.

Saul had done this very thing. He was getting ready to fight against the Philistines. He and Samuel had agreed to a set date for Samuel to come and offering the sacrifices to God for His favor in the battle.

When Samuel did not show up at the appointed time, Saul immediately took things into his own hands. He proceeded immediately to offer the sacrifices to God, something he was not allowed to do. As soon as he had finished offering the sacrifices, Samuel showed up. It was at this point Samuel stated that God was already beginning to pull the kingdom away from Saul, because he did not obey.

It is common for people to call out to God for help, but do not wait for His answer. Or when they hear Him say He will provide the answer, they do not wait for His timing to answer the prayer.

This is often done out of fear. They do not believe God can or will actually accomplish what He said He would do. Instead of following God’s instructions, they take things into their own hands. This shows a lack of faith in God.

God’s word has said that He will provide for you. When you hear that God will do this, you must trust His words. At those times when God says to wait, you must wait. Do not jump ahead of God and take things into your own hands. Leave the events in His hands.

God is faithful and will not break His word. He will do what He needs to do at the perfect time, not your time. Wait on Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will trust God’s timing; that you will trust God’s word in your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will leave things in God’s hands. 

Mark 13:33 Be Alert

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Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13:33

Jesus had just told the disciples of things yet to come, times of disaster and change. After all these things happen is when Jesus would return. No one knows when He will return, but only that it will happen. He now warns them to stay alert for His return.

Waiting for something to happen can be very frustrating for a lot of people. They know that something is going to happen, but they just do not know when it will happen.

Some of these things can be good things. Such as knowing when a certain check will come in the mail. Or when a baby will be born. Or when a person will ask the question of proposal for marriage. People look forward to these things with a lot of anticipation and excitement.

Other things can be coming that people do not look forward to happening. Things such as a death of a loved one. Or the bill that will come in the mail. Or a bad storm that is coming through, that could cause a lot of damage.

Things that people look forward to, keep their eyes open and they stay alert for the event to happen. The greater the event, the more alert they will remain, because they do not want to miss it. How many people will camp out at a store waiting for some hot new item to go on sale the next morning?

Those who don’t know Jesus will not look forward to His return at all.

The greatest event to happen is the return of Jesus. Those who have chosen to follow Him, have nothing greater to look forward too. It will be the greatest event in all of their life.

As a believer, you must be looking forward to His return. You must be ready for His return. This means that you are living for Him and following Him with all of your life right now.

Do not allow yourself to go to sleep and stop watching and living for Him. Do not allow yourself to go back into this world and live like the world, not caring about Jesus. If you do, you may miss out on the greatest event in all of your life for all eternity.

Remain alert, living for Jesus and waiting for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be watching for His return; that you will be living for Jesus with your whole life; and that you will tell others of Jesus. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 Plans To Prosper

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

This is a set of verses that people love to quote. They love to hear the idea that God wants to prosper them and give them a great future. The problem that is common, is that many people do not look at the context in which these verses are written.

At the time God made this statement, the Israelites were going into exile in Babylon. They were prisoners of war. Their homes and towns were destroyed. They were cast out of their homeland. All their belongings were taken away.

As a person reads this, one may wonder how God is planning to prosper them. Why would He be placing them in exile if He wanted to prosper them?

While the Israelites were in captivity, they would show the love of God, by praying for them. They would work hard and serve the Babylonians as though they were serving God. The challenge was that they would have to do this for seventy years before they would receive the prosperity of their homeland again.

God has plans to prosper you, but those plans may be in the long run, not immediate. It may take time to get to that point. On this earth you may never prosper financially as the world sees prosperity, but you may prosper in peace, joy, contentment, and love. You will know that you have a future that will never come to an end. You will know that someday you will have a mansion with many rooms in heaven on a street of gold.

In order to get all of that, however, you must seek God with all of your heart. You must put His desires first in your life. It is not about you and your prosperity or wealth, but what God wants.

Find Jesus and you will have a hope that is above anything the world can offer or has. You may not see it completely this side of heaven, but it is coming, just like the Israelites had to wait for it.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will know the prosperity God has in store for you; and that you will seek God with all of your heart.