“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 The days of waiting a week for a package is over and dial-up internet is only something people over the age of 30 remember. We now live in a…
“But I will not drive them out in a single year … little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” Exodus 23:29-30, NIV. These scriptures are not on the highlight reel of the Bible but when I read over…
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
I recently made a road trip that usually takes me about two hours, but due to the large amount of construction, this time it lasted almost four hours.
Signs would appear saying that the left (or right) lane would be closed 5 km. ahead, and traffic started to slow down, both lanes were congested, until finally it would narrow down to one lane. So many people get impatient, shift lanes because they think one is moving faster than the other, and this only compounds the problem. The speed limit posted was 80 km, but in a lot of cases we were down to about 5 km per hr.
I always carry some SG cd’s with me so was able to listen to some inspiring music, sing along with the ones I knew, and just thank the Lord for His presence with me. I had lots of fuel in my tank, and no deadline to meet, so took the time to just relax and enjoy the trip.
Many times, when life seems to be going full speed ahead, something happens to make us slow down. That is when we need to just trust that the Lord is in it, and use the time to draw closer to Him. His timing is always right, He knows what is best for us, and in those waiting times, He can reveal His will and His way.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the times when life slows down and we can draw close to you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” (Psalm 37:7 ESV) I have a really hard time sitting still. I feel like I always have to be doing something, whether it’s cleaning or working on a project, I need to feel like I’m being productive. So, when I…
“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. Genesis 37:5
No doubt when Joseph dreamed about the stars and moon bowing down to him, the Lord was showing him something about his future. It probably wasn’t the best thing for him to share it with his brothers. He had no idea what their hatred would cause them to do, or of the difficult circumstances he would face before the dream became a reality. Many years later, his brothers would bow to him in Egypt.
God may give us a dream of something He has in store or us, or of something He wants us to do, but it doesn’t always come to pass right away. One of our teachers in Bible College often quoted something from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”
We need to hold on to our dream, and wait for the Lord to bring it to pass, no matter how long it takes. His timing is always perfect.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the story of Joseph, and showing us that you have a plan and you will always bring it to pass in your time.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
Waiting for someone or something is not one of my virtues. In fact it really does grate on my nerves. According to this scripture, waiting on the Lord will renew your strength. After waiting our energy will be renewed so we can run and not become weary and walk and not faint.
There have been times when I felt totally depleted and found myself at His feet. After waiting on the Lord, I felt invigorated. It was worth the wait!
Prayer: Lord, today I fall at Your feet needing strength to go on. Thank You for Your Word that gives me clear direction on how to increase my physical and spiritual stamina. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Devotion by Kaye Singleton