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“For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.”  I Samuel 30:24

David and his band of followers had been given refuge by King Achish, and were willing to go to battle with him, but the rest of the princes refused to have him.

When David and his men returned to the town where their families were, they found that it had been invaded, burned with fire, and all their women had been taken captive.  David was distressed because the rest of the people were so grieved, they spoke of stoning him.  But the Scripture tells us that David encouraged himself in the Lord, and after seeking the Lord, he and four hundred of his men pursued after the enemy.  They were successful in recovering their families and everything that had been taken. When they returned to the ones that had been left behind, David was ready to share the spoil with them, but the ones who had gone to battle resisted.  That is when David spoke these words in I Samuel 30:24.

Have you ever felt the enemy whisper to you that you are not important because you have not gone to the mission field, or accomplished anything great for the Lord?  This is not true.  Each one of us has a ministry to fulfill, and at different times in our lives, it may be only to “tarry by the stuff.”  How much would the missionaries, preachers, and evangelists be able to accomplish if there was not someone supporting them with prayer and finances?

John Milton says it well in his poem, “On His Blindness.”  He reflects that he has a place in God’s world despite his disability.

“God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have called us all to be your servants.  We cannot all go and preach, but we can pray for those who do, and thus we share in the results of the harvest.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“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 amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”

Psalms 40:3

There are many reasons why God chooses to answer or to wait when we bring a need to Him. I have learned a few over the years, and when I say a few I mean a few. Gods ways are higher than ours and we will never be truly able to understand why He does what He does, when He does.

He is protecting us. Oftentimes we want our answers now, but God sees the full picture… and we don’t. He knows the outcome before we even face the problem. He also knows what tomorrow holds, and if He is keeping you from something – be thankful instead of frustrated.

It isn’t perfect yet. When me and my husband struggled with multiple miscarriages the one thing I told myself over and over again was “it just isn’t perfect yet” We too quickly settle for what’s good instead of what’s best. If you are in a season of waiting, be patient knowing that it just isn’t perfect yet – and He is working it out.

He wants the glory. He is a great and a Mighty God, and He wants credit where credit is due! There are going to be some situations where you will have exhausted every human resource possible – and that’s when He does His best work.

And lastly, so others may see what He has done. There is power in your testimony, and no one on earth can dispute what God has done for you. Financial miracle, changed medical diagnosis, loved one saved, babies when you were told you couldn’t conceive.. the list is endless. He alone can do it all, and that speaks to people.

Because of what your going through right now, people will come to know Jesus and trust Him. There is a purpose for your pain and struggle. Someday it will speak to someone, and draw them closer to God.

Jesus, I am thankful that You can use even the darkest of situations to bring light into someone’s life. Guide me to those today who need You and who are searching for truth.

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

How can we be courageous in waiting?

Relinquishing our control can be such a struggle because it is human nature to desire immediate action and instant gratification. It is an arduous responsibility to abandon our dreams, our desires and our plans to God. When we control our day, we can anticipate a general outcome. But, when we allow God to control our day, He does what He wants when He wants. Scary, isn’t it? This is where a courageous heart is necessary.

God does not require us to comprehend the elaborate details; He expects us to abandon our control, follow His guidance, obey His voice, and be confident in His plan.

Waiting on God is proof of trust because our flesh reacts to waiting.

What is God asking from you today? Are you questioning the process and uncertain of the end result? God is imploring you to be courageous by waiting on Him.  You have an assurance today; God will strengthen your heart. You will never encounter regret when you step out in faith to follow God’s plan for your life and you will never be disappointed when you trust Him with the details of your life.

Prayer: Sometimes it is so difficult for me to be patient and to relinquish control to You, Lord, but I pray that You will help me to wait on You. You see my weaknesses and I desire Your strength to permeate every area of my life. I love you, Lord. Today, I will be courageous and wait on You!