TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, May 28, 2019:
To stop briefly; pause; be in expectation; patiently anticipate.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In this hurry up world that we live in, no one likes to wait. For some waiting on anything can cause one to lose their temper and good sense. No one enjoys waiting in line, waiting at stop lights, and for some people even waiting for dinner. We want what we want right now.
Waiting takes time and patience. The phrase, “Wait on the Lord” is found multiple times in the Bible. So, what does it mean to wait on the Lord? Waiting on the Lord means putting aside our own desires, our own abilities and activities to trust in God’s ability and knowledge. It means above all to wait for God’s timing and conforming our will to God’s will.
The Word of God suggests to us that we can learn some of life’s greatest lessons while we wait. God acts on behalf of those that wait on Him. God promises rewards to those who wait for Him. He will use the long pauses in our lives for a special blessing from Him if we let Him do His perfect work within us.
You may ask, “What do you mean we could receive rewards if we learn to wait on Him?” Here are several:
When we wait on Him we can discover God’s will for our life. Note the verse from Lamentations above. We need to be reminded that when we are waiting on the Lord, He is working all things out for us (Romans 8:28). We must keep our eyes on Him, listen for His voice. And then we will be able to do His will and our relationship with Him will grow.
In Isaiah 40:29-31 we are reminded that when we wait on God for answers we will receive supernatural energy and strength. He will give us new strength, we will run and not get tired and will walk and not become weary. What an awesome promise. Waiting on God is never wasted time.
In Proverbs 20:22 we are told to wait for the Lord, and He will save you. Yes, when we wait we will win battles that otherwise we could have lost. It is an awesome feeling when the Lord rescues us from a situation and blesses us with His favor. When we wait on God and obey His commandments, He assures our victory and keeps us from foolish acts.
Think of waiting on God as something like planting a small garden in your back yard. You put the seed under the soil and water it. And then every day you water it and wait, you water it and wait, over and over again. The sun and water will cause the seed to soon grow but you are still waiting. And then one day you begin to see evidence of what you planted and can see your waiting was not in vain.
Now assume that you were not willing to wait and you impatiently walked away from where you planted the seed. You would never receive the blessing of what you had once planted. Trust God, wait patiently and faithfully on Him and He will produce for you the most wonderful fruit you could ever hope for or even imagined.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Exodus 20:3.
You shall have no other Gods before Me.
Give me the patience to learn to wait on You for Your guidance in every situation I face today. Thank You that I can put in Your hands my concerns and situations knowing that You will respond for me to do what is not only the best for me but to honor You as well.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, 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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