Application: I think that sometimes we believe that as Christians that our life should just go well. We look at evil that is prospering and people who are following lifestyles contrary to God's design as we scratch our heads and wonder why God would allow that to happen. I don't know about you...but I hate waiting. I like to be in control and know exactly what is going to happen. I like to plan and I like to see those plans work out exactly as I have planned them. However, that seldom happens. God is working in my heart and in my life to realize that He has things all worked out even when what I have in mind does not go the way I would have liked.
I once heard that God answers all prayers immediately in one of three ways:
I would have to say that "yes" is most often the way we would want our prayers to be answered. "No" may not be our preferred answer but it usually means that we can adjust our plans and still move forward. When the answer is "wait" then we struggle. How long will the wait be? Is this "wait" going to become a "yes" or a "no"? When we will know? How can I wait? Why do I need to wait? and it goes on...
I love that this verse ends with an exclamation mark. To see it means that David is implying that we should wait with excitement...with anticipation knowing that God is at work behind the scene with a big reveal on the horizon. We are told to "be strong" and to "take courage" in our wait.
Two couples in our circle are waiting for a child. One is pursuing an adoption. One is waiting for God to bring a child to full term. They are waiting on God...waiting on God's timing...waiting for their prayers to be answered. It's so hard to wait.
A friend of ours is job searching. He is waiting on God...waiting on God's timing...waiting for prayers to be answered.
We are all in various stages of waiting. It can be so hard. May we have patience in God's timing.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for always hearing our prayers. We know that You always have our best interests in mind. We know you have big things planned for each of us. Give us patience and peace as we wait. Thank you for this reminder that we are to wait with eager anticipation for what You will reveal to us in Your time. Amen.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 29-30; Acts 15:22-41