TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, August 01, 2017:
Stop briefly; pause; be patient; be in expectation.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:3-5.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Discipline and commitment is needed when we wait for God’s timing. Waiting on the Lord is especially tough on people with not much patience. That is why discipline and a commitment to Him is necessary when waiting on God.
We can think of several basic requirements that have been given us in the scriptures that will enable us to be successful waiting on the Lord.
The Lord’s ways and timing is nothing like ours. The way He does things is often nothing like the way we would do it. But the good news is that if we trust Him more, we will soon discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. When we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense. Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us to wait on the Lord BY FAITH!
To wait on the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for him. Submission to His divine will means and requires humility on your part. Many people say that they are waiting on the Lord for an answer to some concern they have but then charge ahead with their own plans to solve the concern. When we take matters into our own hands it shows we are not convinced of our need for God’s direction and we are not willing to submit to God.
Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive a clear and divine directive from the Lord? Many people just pause and their impatience will not allow them to wait on Him. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.
Waiting for God also takes courage, especially when the pressure is on you to act sooner rather than later. If you are not careful it could become very easy for you to stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear tuned to the voice of God and you will not go wrong.
Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest and most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing on issues, He will enable us to prevail.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 5:16b.
The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Help me today to have the faith, humility, patience and courage that only You can give me so that I might learn to wait upon You for every major issue I face in life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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