See Your Salvation in Waiting

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

─ Lamentations 3:24-26 ESV

See Your Salvation in Waiting

When you think about Noah and the ark, you likely remember the 40 days and 40 nights of heavy rain. Would it surprise you that Noah and all the passengers actually spent over a year afloat? Noah, floating in a boat for over a year, literally waited on the salvation of the Lord.

In our verse today, the prophet Jeremiah declares his trust and commitment to God. His hope is in God. He knew God’s faithfulness was all he needed. His experience told him that God is always good to those who wait, to the one who’s soul looks to God.

While building the ark, Noah remained committed to obey God. His friends and neighbors considered him crazy. It had never rained, so they made fun of him. Noah recognized he needed the salvation only God could offer much more than the approval of others.

His obedience to build the boat saved his life, the lives of his family members and every breathing creature that entered it. Just as his obedience to wait on God’s timing to leave the boat remained vital to the survival of all the passengers.

Noah waited for God’s timing. Noah has no idea about his situation. He had no history with rain, knowledge of mud or what the earth after a flood would look like. Only God knew that even though the water was gone, the earth was not dry enough for the family to venture out.

You could say the same about the situations you face today. You encounter so many things in life with little to no information or background to draw conclusions from. You need God’s wisdom and insight. And you can trust Him to bring the things you need to know to light in His perfect time.

To wait on the Lord means giving everything – our lives, the lives of those we love, our incomes, our expectations, hopes and dreams, our concerns and fears – completely to Him. It takes courage and strength found in Him to do that, trusting He works out what is His very best for each one of us.

Today’s One Thing

Are you an expert waiter? Most of us aren’t. Click on the link and learn three ways you can become an expert at waiting on the salvation the Lord has planned for you.

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