Thursday, May 01, 2014

Wait for the Lord

By Melanie Rigney

(The apostles) left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus. (Acts 5:41-42)

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14)

When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. (John 6:5-6)

Lord, I pray for the faith and confidence to accept Your will and Your timing.

Have you played the phone game? You know, the one where everyone at dinner puts their smart phones in a pile. First one to extract his or hers has to buy everyone else’s meals. With most groups, someone will cave before the entrĂ©e comes. Because someone might need them, you see. Someone whose need could not wait even an hour until the meal is complete. And you wonder, so why did they come out to dinner if something else is that all-fired important?

Or maybe you’re one of those people who weaves in and out traffic, cutting it just a little too tight between other vehicles when you change lanes. What happens when you end up at the light at the same time as someone you blew past? Well, you avoid their eyes, of course.

Or maybe you talk over family and friends and coworkers. There’s no need for them to finish their comments. You know what they’re going to say. You’ve already planned your response, based on what you know they’re going to say.

Is it any wonder, given the way we conduct our lives today, that we have little patience for God? Bless me, and bless me quick. Heal me, and heal me quick. We offer up our hopes and dreams in prayer, and if the desired answer doesn’t come posthaste, we question His wisdom and His love. We forget about the times God’s answers, which came in His time, not ours, were more wonderful than anything we could have ever imagined.

“Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord,” the author of today’s Psalm, believed to be King David, advised. Consider David’s own life; the times he showed patience and restraint and faith, he prospered. The times he took matters into his own hands, things got messed up royally. Let’s learn from his example. Let’s have the courage to wait.

Where are you attempting to hurry God along? Resolve that today, you will gratefully accept the gifts He offers, asking for nothing more.

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