Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting Without Worrying

Fishing often seems futile and foolish. There may be long periods of time when the only progress to be seen is the movement of the hands on a clock. While some would say it is a great way to relax and think, others would say it is ridiculous and unjustifiable in this fast paced world.

And there are many who consider prayer much that way. Why wait for the Lord to hear our prayers when we can get by on our own? The Psalmist gave us a good reason to wait: “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope.”

Waiting on the Lord is profitable and productive. It is the best way to become efficient and effective. How?
The person who does not wait on the Lord may be going places - but they may not be the right places. Often we move forward in haste and end up in a place other than what we had in mind. Often the consequences of rushing ahead of God results in destroying the plan He has laid out for us. Do you remember the wise bumper sticker that read, “Don’t follow me. I’m lost.”?

Waiting on the Lord is the way to empowerment. If we do not wait on the Lord, it may lead to exhaustion. Our Lord is adequate to meet our every need but there are times when we must wait on Him for whatever our need may be. We must wait on Him if we want His goodness and guidance, His wisdom and wealth, His healing and happiness.

The Psalmist said, “In His Word I put my hope.” In Hebrews we read, “We have this hope as an anchor.”

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for reminding us of our need to place our hope in You. Grant us the gift of trust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

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