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Revised: The Power and Prudence in Waiting on God

***Please be advised that the draft version of this post was published in error this morning. However, please enjoy this final version. To God be the glory!

As I sit at my desk, peering out at the hazy skyline of Atlanta, my mind drifts to a journal entry that I wrote after meditating on Psalm 40 and thinking. That memory reminded me specifically about waiting for God.

While I don’t know all of you, I believe many of you need to be encouraged in hope and in truth today. God hears your cries for help. He knows exactly what you need, and when you need it. Do not grow weary in waiting on Him. He is the Almighty God for a reason.

Let’s dive right into a small fragment of Psalm 40, followed by a few thoughts to ponder on our own before the Lord.

 “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Psalm 40:1-5 NLT

Allow me to encourage you if I may. There will be a season for God to lift you out of the mud and mire of life’s difficulties and pain, but you must trust in Him now. God is good, and He desires good. In times of trouble, the temptation to run from God and to run towards something else (such as self-dependency, another person, habit, or item) is very real. Avoid this temptation through the grace of Christ (remember that Jesus was tempted in all areas without sin, so He understands). Seek His will for you. You will never make a poor decision by trusting God for anything, no matter what the circumstance may be. God is good, and God is for your good.

When it comes to David and the benefits he received in waiting for God, there are four quick points that we can all be encouraged by:

1.David was lifted out of despair by God. God relieves the anguish that David feels (while being pursued to death by his enemies) by removing David from challenging situations (either physically, mentally, and/or emotionally).

2. God sets David’s feet on solid ground, meaning that He provides a place of refuge and safety away from the turmoil. God gives David a new perspective (whether that is literally a new, physical place or a mental shift in perception). God does the impossible in a trying situation.

3. God steadies David as he walks. Not only does God direct David’s steps, but He also brings incredible stability to David’s life as he explores this new place of trusting Him.

4. God places a new song of praise in David’s mouth. God fills David’s heart with a renewed peace, wonder, hope, and joy that causes David to overflow in praise to His faithful God.

As Christians, you and I still serve, love, obey, and pray to the exact same God that David did thousands of years ago. Think about this truth for a moment. If God is just and faithful, and He does not change, then how in the world could we dare to believe that He would rescue and restore King David (one of His own) but not us? If we are praying to God and seeking His face, God hears us. While we cannot determine when He will answer or what He will say, we can know that He does hear and He does act. You and I must trust in God for His perfect timing, and believe with all of our hearts that He is in fact, good, trustworthy, and faithful (because He is). God has no favorites (Rom 2:11). He loves us all the same, and remember that Jesus died for the entire world because He loves mankind so much (John 3:16).

Be encouraged, beloved. Draw close to God and seek Him. And know that just as God delivered David, He will also deliver you. Blessings quickly follow after suffering has been surrendered to the Lord. To God be the glory!

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The Reassurance of Christ as our Shepherd

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am sharing one passage of scripture each day this week. Specifically, we will focus on how each scripture can be used for your encouragement and life application. To God be the glory!

While meeting with the Lord this morning, I stood in the midst of a thick fog and observed the unhurried flow of a frigid river. The scene was peacefully still,  and my mind immediately recalled Psalms 23. As we read this passage, let’s be encouraged with the fact that Jesus Christ is not only our Lord, but He is also our shepherd:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, brining honor to his name.” Psalm 23:1-3 NLT

This is beautiful. Can you see the righteous and true depiction of who Jesus is in your life? Pay attention to what His word is speaking to us. This Psalm describes a deep, personal intimacy in which David refers to God as “my shepherd”. We can adopt this same attitude towards Christ.

While there are submissive sheep, there are also rebellious sheep. Let me ask you: Are you obedient to the Lord? Do you allow Jesus to be your personal shepherd? As you seek to grow in obedience in your walk with the Lord, you can be greatly encouraged by the clearly defined outcomes of choosing to allow Jesus to be your own personal shepherd.

1. When Jesus leads and you obediently follow, then you will have all that you need. Let that sink in for a minute. You will lack for nothing if you allow Jesus to lead you.

2. Jesus allows, desires, and longs for you and I to rest. And not just to rest anywhere, but to rest in the most vibrant, life-giving circumstances because of His faithful provision. Jesus can allow a sheep who’s been wrestling in the mud of life’s trials and tribulations to rest in the presence of His goodness (even if the trials continue). This is why He is the Great Shepherd. He desires extraordinary good for His sheep, which we can gain by submitting to His leadership, obeying His word, and including Him in our daily life choices through prayer .

3. As your Shepherd, Jesus promises that He will lead and direct you into places of peace. We all want peace. We don’t want to fret and worry and fear. How reassuring is it to know God doesn’t want that for us either? If we surrender our life choices (and the stress that often accompanies them) to the Lord Jesus, then we will be in peace. God wants us to enjoy life and to live in peace (which is exemplified in the form of His Son, Jesus, who first died to pay for our sins, rose to give us eternal salvation, and now leads us daily). There is no reason for any Christian to forfeit His gracious blessings.

4. As your Shepherd, Jesus renews your strength. Soak in this truth for a moment. This is what you are promised when Jesus leads you. He will renew your strength. In addition to strength, Jesus will guide you along the right (the correct, true, and righteous) paths, so that you may bring honor to His name.

We must release control of our lives. By releasing our worries and our deeply ingrained fears, we can trust God instead. Trust this Shepherd, who promises that we shall lack nothing that we need. Trust Jesus, because He truly is for your good. You will reap the benefits of letting go and letting God.

May your heart be encouraged and challenged today as you apply this passage of scripture to your own life.

Application Questions

1. What areas of your life do you believe are lacking the guidance of God? Where do you feel confusion, a lack of peace, worry, and/or a fear of what’s to come? I encourage you to prayerfully write these specific areas down on a piece of paper or in a journal.

2. Next, take these same areas you just listed (above in question #1), and prayerfully evaluate if you have surrendered these areas to the control and Lordship of Jesus Christ. By granting Jesus permission to lead you as your personal Shepherd and by trusting that He is eternally for your good, you can release your dependency on yourself and invite the power of the Holy Spirit to transform your life. This is where you will experience “rest in green meadows and peaceful streams.”

Recommended Prayer Points 

    • Deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the study of God’s Word
    • Humility to rely on Christ instead of yourself (or pride in self-dependency)
    • New measure of trust to depend on God and to believe He is truly for your good
    • Faith and strength to obey God’s word and to follow Him every day
    • Wisdom and discernment to know God’s will for your life

 

 

 

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Waiting for a Season

This post from last year is a great reminder (for me personally) that God’s timing is ultimately the best – even if it means that we must wait much longer for His promises to transpire than what we expect. May you be encouraged today, beloved. He is faithful!

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4

Have you ever casually been driving in your car, only to slam on your brakes suddenly because of unexpected roadwork? Or maybe the traffic light had just turned from yellow to red while you were approaching the intersection? Many of us can relate to the feelings of frustration, the sweaty palms, the spastic heart rate, and that sigh of relief that arise from narrowly missing the car ahead.

Yet regardless of the reason, we are stopped.

Our journey is delayed. Or so we think.

Waiting for God is hard. We want to follow Him and seek His direction while at the same time keeping our foot firmly on the gas pedal. We want to go, while He wants us to stop.

Yesterday I came to a new conclusion about my faith in God.

I expect Him to be patient with me (because He’s love and love is patient), but I don’t always feel the need to reciprocate the effort.

Recently, I began badgering God about how His timing (and forcing me to wait) is causing me to suffer, yet I had never realized that I caused Him pain simply by not believing enough in Him (by deliberately choosing not to trust).

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

I am the one who’s been selfish and arrogant, not God. Who was I to think that I could actually help God? That I could move things along by speeding up His pace so I could enjoy what He promised? What foolishness to try and manipulate God, yet I did it. We as humans are the ones who make a mess of our lives, not God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We’ll always settle for mediocre if we’re not willing to wait for His best.

I haven’t given God the space to be God, nor thought enough of Him to allow Him to be God.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

I’ve been rushing to get my foot back on the gas and push through the delay. What I did not realize was that if He’s caused me to stop and wait, then it must be for my own good. This red traffic light is actually His way of protecting me and preparing me for what lies ahead.

Waiting on God is choosing to be intentionally patient with Him. It’s giving Him space to be God and to perform wonderful acts in our lives. And it is tremendously wise to do so.

King David waited years before He became the King of Israel, even after God had faithfully spoken this promise to Him.

Sarah waited decades before she received the son God promised to her (which then became the blessed nation of Israel).

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

God always delivered. He always provided at the exact time that was best for the individual. If God has made a promise to you, remain firm in what He’s told you. He is faithful, beloved.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18

In His goodness, He will not only prepare the circumstances (so they will be the absolute best), but He will prepare your heart to fully receive (and appreciate) what He has promised to you. He’s just that good.

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 

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