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God’s Timing Not Ours

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Most of us have very little patience. Waiting is not a strength for most of us. We live in an instant world. What would we do if we couldn’t use our microwaves? We might have to warm our hot drinks the old fashion way – waiting for our fluid of choice to heat on the stove. We might have to wait longer than 60 seconds for something to be warmed enough or cooked enough to eat.

Most of us have a hard time if our Internet is slow. I’m finding it difficult because my Google calendars are taking 30-90 seconds to load (I have massive calendars and several of them). Waiting is not part of our skill set. When we shop online – we like the fact that we can buy things instantly and they are delivered to our homes or work place within 1-3 days in most cases.

Today’s passage is about waiting patiently on God. When we pray we want God to answer us immediately in many cases. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 37:1–9 – Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

At times we are not patient when we see others doing evil or even simply doing what we wish we could. We pray – we ask God for guidance – and we expect an answer – our answer. I hope we can give God God’s time rather than trying to place God on our time. I pray we all take a chill pill and let God be God! God will answer all of our prayers – in His timing and in His way (not always as we wish).

Your thoughts are always welcome – leave comments if you wish.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Today would have been my mom’s 90th birthday. We love you mom. Hope you and dad and Jesus are having a grand time!

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April 25, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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