The Psalmist said: ‘I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed’ (vv 1-3 NLT).
Waiting means trusting that God knows what He’s doing, even when He doesn’t give you all the details. Perhaps you’re single and looking for someone to share your life with. Maybe there’s a relationship at your fingertips, but you know it wouldn’t be pleasing to God. It isn’t the right person, because he or she doesn’t share your values, goals, or commitment to Christ.
Maybe they’re putting pressure on you to get involved sexually even though you’re not married. Sampling the product before you buy may be the world’s way, but you know it’s not God’s way. Still you’re tempted to think, ‘I’m tired of waiting. I’m going to reach for whatever satisfaction I can get and worry about the consequences later.’
Samson did that and ended up losing his sight, his strength, his reputation, his freedom, and his life. Hold out for God’s best!
Pray: ‘Lord, I don’t want to get involved in any relationship that I know would dishonor You, hurt me, and bring pain to the lives of others. You said the plans You have for me are good. So even though I sometimes feel no one understands how hard it is, I’ll trust in You and wait patiently.’
‘I waited patiently for the Lord to help me…’ Psalms 40:1 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 62:1, 8, 12; 63:1-5, 8
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation! Trust in Him at all times, o people; pour out your heart before Him! For you will render to a man according to his work! O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you! My soul thirst for you! My flesh faints for you, as in a dry & weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power & glory. Because you steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you! So I will bless you as long as I live! My soul will be satisfied as with fat & rich food! My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me!