Words of Encouragement:
Have you ever thought about what it means to “Be bound by the Scriptures…my conscience is captive to the Word of God”? Or have thought about what it means to “confess our faith”? We can look at these questions and at the Word of God recorded in 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
His Word brings Life and Hope to each of us, but often it calls us to wait upon our Lord and to take a stand upon our solid Rock, our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Word.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalms 37:7ESV)
When you’re in a doctor’s waiting room there are things you shouldn’t do – like try to treat other patients, or have them treat you. Or ask the receptionist for a stethoscope or a blood pressure cuff. And it wouldn’t be wise to ask the person sitting next to you, ‘What prescriptions are you taking? Perhaps I could try them.’ It’s called a waiting room because you’re supposed to wait. But we don’t like to wait. We weave through traffic looking for a faster lane. We drum our fingers on the kitchen top while the microwave heats our coffee: ‘Come on, come on.’ We don’t like to wait for anything, including God. Over and over in Scripture when it speaks about our relationship with God, the word ‘wait’ keeps showing up. And here’s what we fail to understand: while we are waiting, God is working. Jesus said ‘My Father is always at his work’ (John 5:17). The sign on God’s waiting room reads ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10). You can be still because He is active, and you can rest because He is busy.
To wait, biblically speaking, is not to assume the worst, or worry, or fret, or make demands, or take control. Waiting is not inactivity. Waiting is sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and faith. To wait is to ‘rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…not fret.’ God is the Great Physician. You are in His waiting room. He knows what ails you better than you do, and He has a prescription to fix it. So trust Him, and wait.
Dear Lord, continue to feed us with Your Word that we will have the wisdom, strength and peace to stand upon Your Word and wait upon You to accomplish Your will in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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