Isaiah 40:31 (NASB) Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
When our lives become all about us and not about Him, we will inevitably find it hard to wait. Paul often spoke about the trials and sufferings, and how they could never compare to the glories that will be revealed to us (Romans 8:18). But to have the glories revealed, we must wait patiently secure in the knowledge that God is in control. My wife and I have been in situations where we needed God’s hand upon the outcome. We prayed and waited, prayed and waited and trusted, prayed and waited and trusted some more – and in His timing – the situation was resolved. However, the waiting wore on each of us at different times. I was amazed at how sometimes I would get frustrated waiting and she would strengthen me. Then there were times when I would strengthen her, but it always comes down to having faith and trust in our God knowing He was in control. Sure, we had the choice to do things our way, but I know the outcome would not have been as peaceful and things would definitely be different in regards to the situations we prayed for. What’s probably worse is the fact that our relationship with Him would have been tarnished. The trust and faith between God and us would have been broken. How long does God have to wait patiently for us to learn to wait on Him?
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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