Do you have some dreams, desires and expectations that have yet to be fulfilled? Is there a specific request you have been waiting patiently for God to answer? Are you in the midst of a difficult circumstance that you wish would just be over? Do you feel like a plane in a holding pattern…circling…waiting to land?
Waiting can be difficult. Our culture promotes the idea of instant gratification everywhere we turn. But waiting can be a good thing and not just a time of idle fretfulness, impatience or discouragement.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. —Psalm 27:13-14
Read Psalm 27.
goodness – ṭûḇ – goodness, fairness, and beauty. The root concept of this noun is that of desirability for enjoyment
wait – qâwâ – to wait or look eagerly for to lie in wait for to wait for, linger for to collect, bind together
take refuge – ḥâzaq- to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute
The psalmist exclaims that even in his difficulty and uncertainty he believes he will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. So here on earth, even amidst all the sin and brokenness we can find goodness. As I hope you’ve discovered this week, our source of all that is good is God himself. So, what good can come while we wait and how can we make our “wait time” productive?
The original word for wait conveys the idea of binding or twisting, like that of a rope. God’s Word calls us to wait upon Him —to bind ourselves to Him, to cling to Him, to seek refuge while we wait in His presence. Waiting can be a very good thing! Check out these verses for some encouragement on waiting: Psalm 62:5, Psalm 130:5, Isaiah 26:8, Lamentations 3:24-25, Isaiah 40:31.
How do these verses and today’s word studies encourage you as you wait? What are some practical things you can do “while you wait”? Share your thoughts by commenting below.
If you’d like to read more about how we can be fruitful and find peace in the midst of our waiting, check out this blog post from the Get Real! series. For today, I’ll leave you with these verses to meditate upon:
How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in You. You hide them in the protection of Your presence; You conceal them in a shelter from the schemes of men, from quarrelsome tongues. May the Lord be praised, for He has wonderfully shown His faithful love to me in a city under siege.—Psalm 31:19-21 (HCSB)
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.—Nahum 1:7
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is good! Remember, He IS good even in the midst of difficulty and uncertainty. Tell someone today that
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
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