“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
Life gets tough. When you are waiting and thinking about the unknown or what could be, you can become anxious and worried. Don’t think upon the unknown. Concentrate on what you DO know: God is love. God is good. He is working all things together for your good. Focus on what you do know and you will have peace.
–excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Wednesday Evening Sermon: “The Love of God“
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“But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” -Job 23:10
Sometimes the lonely places are where God puts us so we can be alone with Him. There are times you might feel all alone, discouraged or depressed, but God is at work. That’s His preparation time. –excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon:“God’s Preparation Time”
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. -Psalm 112:7
Suspense is dreadful. When we have no news from home, we are apt to grow anxious, and we cannot be persuaded that “no news is good news.” Faith is the cure for this condition of sadness; the Lord by His Spirit settles the mind in holy serenity, and all fear is gone as to the future as well as the present.
The fixedness of heart spoken of by the psalmist is to be diligently sought after. It is not believing this or that promise of the Lord, but the general condition of unstaggering trustfulness in our God, the confidence which we have in Him that He will neither do us ill Himself nor suffer anyone else to harm us. This constant confidence meets the unknown as well as the known of life. Let the morrow be what it may, our God is the God of tomorrow. Whatever events may have happened, which to us are unknown, our Jehovah is God of the unknown as well as of the known. We are determined to trust the Lord, come what may. If the very worst should happen, our God is still the greatest and best. Therefore will we not fear though the postman’s knock should startle us or a telegram wake us at midnight. The Lord liveth, and what can His children fear.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.” -Psalm 62:1
Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the Lord. Be this our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him; we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our hearts.
Blessed assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road. It will come from Him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering, and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are satisfied to bide the Lord’s will, for we have no suspicion of His love and faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise Him at once for the coming mercy.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 2 Samuel 2:1-32
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6
David was still patiently waiting on God’s timing here. Sometimes when we know God has promised something, we want to take it into our own hands and try to claim it right away. Sometimes when you jump on opportunities and don’t wait on the Lord, you get yourself into a mess.
When you know God is directing your path, you can walk down that path with great confidence. Patiently wait on the Lord. Trust Him, His plan and His promises.
(from Dayspring Writer Holley Gerth’s blog)
It’s early Monday morning and I’m waiting in the airport to catch a flight to Texas. I tried taking a picture to post here but all I got was an odd-looking fake tree and a few haggard travelers. Mark and I are sharing a large cup of Starbuck’s coffee. I just got lipstick on the rim, which drives him nuts. I had to get up at 5am so I’m feeling grouchy. We’ll be fine by 10.
Another reason I’m feeling grouchy is that waiting seems to bring out that side of me. Are you like that too? I have waited for several “flights” in my life–getting married, finding a job, having kids (still in the airport on that one). I once wrote about that and here’s part of what I said…
Imagine expecting to arrive in Hong Kong and stepping off your plane to discover you’re in Australia instead. That’s exactly what happened to one woman who boarded the wrong plane at the Los Angeles airport. Due to a computer error, no one knew she took another flight. She got on board, found a seat, and didn’t realize her travel plans had drastically changed until the plane landed in a different country.
All of us experience situations in life like the one described above. You think you’re taking the nonstop flight to your dreams, and next thing you know you’re stranded in a strange land you never intended to visit. You’re not quite sure how you got there, when you’ll be leaving, or what in the world to do in the meantime.
While you may not be where you want to be, you don’t have to be there alone. And whether or not you chose your detour, you can choose to make it a time of healing and growth that changes the rest of your journey…
Has anyone else ever feel like they unexpectedly hopped on that flight to Australia? I have!! While waiting may not be my favorite thing to do, I’ve discovered there can be unexpected blessings in those times. That doesn’t make it easier…but it does help to know God is working to make sure I won’t be boarding the plane empty-handed when the time comes.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NIV