Monday, December 12, 2011

One Minute Devotion: Psalm 27:14

Psalm 27:14
Wait in faith on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.

In this smart phone and microwave generation we exist in, waiting is not a popular concept. We can order movies on demand, pizza via the internet, and search any piece of information, small and large, via search engines like Google and Bing. Technology has revolutionized the world so that patience is no longer even necessary. With that said, the Lord continuously tells us to wait. Why? God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, why would our Lord, who is sovereign over all, require us to wait for anything. He created this world, our entire universe in the near blink of an eye, with that kind of power, any type of hesitation or pause seems utterly absurd. So, I ask again, why would He ask us to wait? For just a moment, let's revisit technology. I know, every time I seem to obtain the latest, "thing" it is already outdated before I leave the breezeway of Best Buy. The industry is in such a rush to expedite the latest and next best thing that instead of waiting for the Iphone 5 we get the IPhone 4s. I guess the s stands for sucker. We willing except the in between model, because we have to be the guy or gal with the newest gadget, after all, is not the world's current slogan, "he or she who has the most toys wins?" So you get stuck with something slightly better but not quite as good as it could be or should be. God does not work like that. He asks us to wait, because when He delivers it is not only the best, but what is best for us. He looks to bring us to the next level and not some, holdover until good catches up with great. God understands, even when we do not, that we appreciate things more when we wait for them. In fact, we learn more, when we wait. Remember, faith is not really about by the target or gift, but the way we are permanently affected by the journey towards it, or, it has little to do with the product but more so with how we grow in the Lord in the process. In those wait times we actually begin to see how much we truly trust in God. Some of us would rather move God out of the way, as we could do so much better by ourselves. This is a foolishly arrogant notion that results in complete failure every time. God understands what it takes to wait. He knew this time of progress and technology would come, once again demonstrating His word is timeless. That is why he begins with; "be of good courage." It takes real courage to wait, more courage than most things in life. Notice also the assurance that we miss when we get stuck in considering the waiting part. "He shall strengthen thine heart," what a wonderous guarantee and gift. A heart that is strong in the Lord can face the trials and turmoils of life with the peace and confidence in our creator. A strong heart moves mountains and changes lives. Like any other muscle, you have to consistently excercise and utilize it to make it strong. Waiting is that workout. It is a continuous process, notice it says strengthen, which notes a fluid promise. There is no finality to it, rather, the indication of growing and developing. God knows best, I know that is not popular idea right now but for those who have experienced God's intervention, it is a complete and undeniable truth. Learn to wait, with the courage to overcome all fear and stress that God provides, and your relationship with God and the strength of your faith will continually move forward into experiences that will forever change your life and the lives of others. God bless.

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