November 30, 2017
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
— Psalm 130:5-6
Jim Cymbala said, “The hardest part of faith is often simply to wait.” You have a question, a decision to make or an obstacle in your way, so you go to God and you pray. You ask Him for His help, His wisdom, His direction. Then you wait.
Waiting is hard, especially in the face of adversity. The Bible is full of stories of God’s people facing adversity. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers only to one day become the second in command of all of Egypt. David was anointed by the prophet as a boy to become the next king of Israel but waited decades for that promise to be fulfilled. Abraham and Sarah waited almost a century for their promised son to be born.
All of them, and many others who waited in faith, saw God’s promises come to fruition in amazing ways.
A tree with shallow roots will topple over under the pressure of a breeze. But a tree that has grown deep roots over the course of many years will survive when the storms rage. Faith is like that tree, the longer it grows, the more solid it becomes.
Waiting should compel us to hold tighter to God and trust Him to carry us through whatever we face. We look for Him and seek Him in every circumstance, expectant for His promises to be fulfilled.
Today’s One Thing
What are you waiting for? Cling to God during this time of waiting.