By Rubye Box
But they that wait on 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
There is a reason for everything including waiting. Here is an example about today’s verse that I have experienced. Sitting in a restaurant, I gave my order to the waitress and then waited for my meal. I watched others come in, order and get their food while I sat there waiting for mine to arrive. Needless to say, I was getting somewhat frustrated. Why did I have to wait when others were getting their food right away? When the waitress brought my food, I had to ask why it took so long to prepare my order. She explained that the sauce that goes with my meal is prepared special by the chef. He can’t rush it and cannot make it ahead of time. It is custom made just for my order.
This is a reflection of our prayer life. We make requests of God. Our menu is His Word where He gave us His promises, explained the costs and assures us He will give us the desires of our heart. But if God doesn’t answer immediately or within our timeframe, we become impatient. “Lord, I prayed yesterday, and You still haven’t answered. I can’t wait much longer. Why is it taking so long?”
Others around us are seeing their prayers answered – God is moving in their lives. Yet, it appears that we’ve been overlooked or neglected. Then just when you think things are about to work out and your prayer has been answered, He pulls back the royal curtain of eternity and tells us, “Please remain seated and wait a while longer – I’m not finished yet!”
The questions pour from my heart. Do you know why the Lord has put you on the side? Do you know why you have had to wait for this blessing? Do you know why He has put you through more this time than ever before? Do you know why it seems as though He has not heard you and He does not care? Then you hear the small still voice, “Because the answer is custom made for you and since you made a request, and He only gives good and perfect things, it will come in His time and not yours. Custom made answers from God take time because they are prepared in a way that is perfect for us.” How many people have missed their blessings because they did not wait? Have patience. Keep on waiting. You made a request, now wait on God’s answer. He knows the need and He has the answer.
Father, forgive me for my impatience! So often I ask things of you and because of my anxiousness, I become frustrated and begin to doubt. Show me where my lack of trust in You has often cost me a special blessing from You. Help me to remember that all things are done in Your time. Amen
By Lance Mayes
It is easy to be afraid; we have so much to be afraid of — at least that’s what they tell us. We need to be afraid of North Korea. We need to be afraid of ISIS. We need to be afraid of foreign and domestic terrorists. We need to be afraid of those who want to traffic our children. We need to be afraid of immigrants. We need to be afraid of Muslims.
No we don’t. We don’t need to be afraid. Yes, we need to be wise, but we do not need to be afraid. We can trust that whatever we face, God is with us. We can have confidence that God listens to us.
We are to wait patiently for God. It is difficult for us to wait. We are so used to getting what we want when we want it. We can DVR TV programs and watch them whenever we want and even fast-forward through the commercials. God’s timing may be different than our timing. We can still trust that God has not and will not abandon us.
Be encouraged today. This video is from 2010. The text is from Old Testament times.
No question that putting fear behind us and waiting patiently on God is hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. What are you going through that is causing you fear? What is bringing you down? What is causing you discouragement?
Be encouraged today. Pray that God will give you the strength you need. May God hear our prayers.
By Bridgette Langford
What does it mean to have Joy?
Christ shares with us that in order for us to truly seek Joyfulness, our love must be genuine, we must hate evil, and should be devoted to loving one another above ourselves. We must have great energy and keep our spiritual passion for serving him. We must be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
As I read this passage I began to think what does it mean to be joyful in hope, be patient in affliction and what does it truly mean to be faithful in prayer?
We have a desire for certain things to happen, but sometimes that waiting is hard. We all go through experiences in our lives. Some are good other are bad. No matter what life hands us we are to persist in our praying. This can be hard, depending on what is currently going on in your life. We must remain joyful as we wait upon the lord.
I must confess that the waiting part is hard. I often wonder how the prophets felt before Jesus came to earth. They shared with the world he was coming. They remained joyful in hope, even when they received affliction by those who did not believe. They remained faithful in prayer as they waited. This is a good example to us. We must do things with joy, passion, love, hope, and patience while remaining faithful in prayer.
I ask you to take a moment and think about the last time you were truly joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. When was the last time you let your joy shine in loving others? As we are in this period of advent and drawing closer to celebrating the birth of our Savior, I find great Joy in knowing my hope is found in Him and I hope yours is too. I want to encourage you if you have not already done so today to smile and be the light of Joy to all those you see.
Father, thank you so much for being our Joyful hope, help me to remain faithful in prayer in times of joy and sorrow. Allow me to be your servant, not just during this me but always. Thank for using me for your glory. God grant me peace in knowing I am doing your will for my life. Amen.