Irvin Wasswa, Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC
Psalm 27:14 ESV
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
One of my least favorite things as a kid growing up was having to wait for my parents to cook dinner to eat in the evenings. Now normally we got to eat a snack once we got home, but then we had to wait for what felt like an eternity before we could eat dinner. My parents were very strict when it came to eating snacks right before dinner was finished being prepared. They wanted to make sure we didn’t ruin our appetites before dinner, which made sense, but it was oh so hard. There were many times that my willpower would fail me and I would end up sneak a cookie or some chips and eat them before dinner. I just got tired of waiting.
King David, in Psalm 27 gives us a challenge from the Lord to all of us today to wait on Him. David himself had a little history on having to wait for the Lord. He was a man that was on the run for his life from his fellow countrymen looking to kill him on multiple occasions during his life. Even though he was known as a man after God’s own heart, he still found himself in moments where he had to wait on the Lord to answer his prayer or to remove him from a desperate situation. There were many times when he could’ve just quit on God, thrown in the towel and done his own thing, but he chose to wait on the Lord.
Maybe you’re like David and have been waiting on the Lord for a long time–to answer that prayer request, to heal that sickness, to meet that need, to save that friend–and honestly you have found that your patience has begun to grow thin towards God. May I encourage you today: Don’t give up hope! Hey friend, continue to wait for the Lord. Here is the truth: God wants to meet you where you are in the midst of what you are going through. He hears your prayers and cries to Him and is faithful to sustain you! What a loving Father!
How do we wait on the Lord? Continue to be proactive in your prayer life, lifting those requests to God and trusting that He still hears you and is still able to meet you where you are and answer that request. Continue to run to Him who is our “light and salvation,” the One who is the “strength and refuge” of our life (Psalm 27:1-2). He is in control of the universe and knows what He is doing, so though continue to wait for HIm. Even though it may be difficult at times, choose to wait for Him!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord today give me the strength to wait on You today, knowing that You hear my cry and care deeply for me. Amen!
MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK:
Lamentations 3:22-23 – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.