Wait On The Lord

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14) 
Dr. Seuss has a book called, Oh, the Places You’ll Go

In it, there’s a part that reads,
“You can get so confused, that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles cross weirded wild space, headed I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place… for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a yes or no, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.”
It goes on to say, that eventually you will escape the waiting. 
No one likes to wait.

We want faster internet speeds. 
We don’t want to wait in long lines.
We don’t want to wait for our dinner to arrive.
We want what we want, and we want it yesterday. 
But, God tells us that we are to be strong and wait for the Lord! 

We are to take heart and be confident.
In our patience, we will see the goodness of the Lord.
Isn’t that just the opposite of what our nature wants to do?
Are you waiting on something from God? You can trust Him that His timing is perfect and His ways are good!
What might He be wanting to teach you today during this time He has you set apart?
When I read this devotion I felt their were many who could relate to this right now. There are so many unknowns and so much waiting. Trust in God’s timing. It’s better to wait a while and have things fall into place than to rush and have things fall apart. Remember, stress will make you believe everything has to happen right now, Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Good Decisions

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me. And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:27-34) 

The familiar expression “You reap what you sow” is reinforced throughout Scripture (Job 4:8; Prov. 11:18). In today’s passage, Esau learned this truth the hard way. Famished, he returned from hunting and requested a bowl of the stew his brother was cooking. Jacob seized upon the opportunity and agreed to share the food in exchange for his older twin’s birthright.
In Old Testament times, the firstborn son enjoyed special privileges, which included authority over younger siblings, a double share of the inheritance, and the honored position as spiritual leader over the family. Yet Esau, deciding that food was more of a necessity right then, traded his birthright for dinner. He later grieved when he realized what was lost, but at that point, it was too late. Like Esau, we at times all face critical choices. While God offers forgiveness for wrong decisions, the consequences remain. So we must learn to choose wisely.
We should take to heart two warnings from this story. First, to distinguish our best options, we need to assess whether we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable; if not, we should wait. Otherwise, we might end up like Esau, who allowed hunger to cloud his thinking. Second, delaying gratification is usually a safe choice. For example, though a person may be eager to buy a car, it’s wise to shop around for the best deal. Our human desires can feel overwhelming at times, but we should prayerfully wait for God’s timing.
Think about the longings you have, consider the consequences, and take your time. God wants to steer you away from unnecessary trouble.
I was blessed by this devotion today. I pray you are encouraged by today’s devotion as well and it causes you to pause and distinguish your best options by assessing whether you are physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable; if not, you should wait. I am reminded of Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. It’s okay to wait. Delays are not defeats.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is 2 Samuel 7:22