Our new daily devotional will be a re-post from Words Of Hope. We re-post this with permission of Words of Hope. God bless you!
Wait for the Lord
December 6, 2019
Read: Psalm 27
Wait for the LORD, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (v. 14)
The Bible places a great premium upon the act of waiting. John Calvin, the great theologian, once said this: “It is contrary to the nature of faith to insist on the adverb now.” We cry out to God to fix our problems, to relieve our suffering, to rescue us from the mess we’re in (whether personal or global). We would like him to act immediately. But he rarely does, and so we wait.
Waiting could almost be a synonym for faith. A good part of what it means to be a believer is to hold on to the conviction that a loving God is ruling the world and caring for us even when it seems like he’s absent, or maybe isn’t even real.
People who don’t believe in God have a difficult time making sense of suffering. If you no longer trust that God is in control of your life, then suffering has no meaning. There’s no reason to wait—no one to wait for—so you might as well end it all when things get bad enough.
But for believers even the most awful things can have some meaning or purpose because God can and will use them to bring about our final salvation, as one of the Bible’s boldest claims states (Rom. 8:28). Moreover, we know that he is with us, even in the darkest valley. So we wait for the Lord, and our hearts take courage. —David Bast
As you pray, ask to see the beauty of the Lord (Ps. 27:4).