TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, November 17, 2017:
To remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens; to be available or in readiness.
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
With so many forms of communication available to us today it is difficult to even understand the definition of waiting. With computers and email, cell phones and texting people have been trained to expect immediate responses to questions and comments.
Recently we read that a husband sent a text to his wife and then called her immediately because he did not want to wait long for her response. That is the culture we live in today. Our impatience today, waiting even seconds for a response to our communication, has become not only laughable but concerning. We want what we want and we want it now.
Sometimes we feel that God has let us down because He does not provide an immediate answer to a prayer. Often our attitude becomes like David’s when he wrote these word, “Answer me quickly, Lord, my spirit fails” Psalm 143:7.
Waiting on the Lord can transform us into a people of growing faith. King David spent many years, knowing he was going to be King, but having to wait to be crowned king, David had to learn what it means to “wait on the Lord” at a young age.
He was 16 when he was anointed King but he did not become king until he was 30. He did not have it easy in those years of waiting. During those years he was chased through the desert by jealous King Saul who wanted to kill him to keep him from becoming King. Psalm 143 was written when David was hiding in a cave from King Saul.
It is no wonder David wanted God to answer his prayer quickly. In Psalm 27:14 he wrote, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Although David had opportunities to kill Saul, he did not. He waited on the Lord.
In another Psalm (40:1-2) David encourages us when he wrote, “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He --- set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” David grew into “a man after God’s own heart” by waiting on the Lord (Acts 13:22).
James wrote in his book, 1:2-4, that when we become frustrated with God’s apparent delay in answering our prayer, that it is good for us to remember that God is interested in developing our faith and perseverance in our character. The lessons we often learn in waiting on the Lord is what molds us into someone after God’s own heart.
It is important for us to learn to wait upon the Lord because He always has His best in store for us, but it may require us to be willing to wait for it.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:3.
Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Teach me to be more patient and to wait for You to answer my prayers. Keep me ever mindful that You want only what is best for me and waiting for You is always worth waiting for.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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