Daily Devotions

Friday, July 10, 2009

Current Study: First Peter

Today’s Topic:  Waiting

Scripture Reading:  Jude 1:20-21   But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 

Today’s devotional comes from a faithful reader and a dear friend, Marian Green. She wrote it early in the week, so read all the way to the end to discover the outcome.

Wait! Don’t you just hate that word! Waiting. For whom? For what? For when?

Waiting implies patience. Something many never learn or want to learn. “I want it now!” we say. Yet in Psalms 28:14 it says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”.  Check it out. “Wait, be strong, take heart, and wait”.  The Father says, “Be patient, stand firm, be courageous, and wait for Me.”

Last Oct 20th my car was hit by another driver. As any of you who have been in an accident know, it’s not so much the physical injuries that are the most painful; it’s dealing with the Insurance companies afterward.

Thursday July 9th, I have to go to a meeting where a 3rd party will decide if my insurance company must stand by its policy and pay for my medical expenses or if I do. As the day has drawn closer, I have lost more and more sleep and become so stressed that my chest hurts. After rent is paid I have very little to pay the rest of my bills. My church helps with food and gas. There is no room for $10,000 in medical bills. I’ll be in that meeting, through no fault of my own, waiting for someone else to tell me what the next few years of my life are going to be like.

Praying for comfort and calm has seemed to be a losing battle, until this morning. I, again, realized that the Father has already worked everything out. “Wait” He said. “Be strong and take heart and wait for Me.” He continues to have everything in His control! Psalms 27:13 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Wait, and be patient.

How many times have we all said, “This is taking too long! I’m going to take control of this situation”. Control, that’s the real problem, isn’t it? We want to be in control, but we wind up making a bigger mess than if we had just left everything to the Father’s timing. Be Strong! Stand Firm! He will come through! Yes, I know it’s hard sometimes, but that is where our faith will grow! Be patient. Wait. It will be worth it.  The Father IS here for us.

Isn’t that good? Great truths, Marian. Now, how did the meeting turn out?

My attorney, Allen, said it went well, whatever that means. We won’t hear a decision for 7-30 days. If we win the arbitration, I have a better chance of winning against the other driver. If we lose…………….well, Allen is not so sure we would win. The good news is that the Father already knows how it is going to work out! At this point, it is all about being strong and waiting!

Thanks, Marian, for sharing your story. I have a couple of areas in my life where I know God is asking me to wait as well. I am determined to be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord!

Pastor John

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