Enjoy today’s “Thursdays With The Kids” devo from my daughter-in-love, Kelsey Jones. Her words today pair so nicely with this week’s podcast interview featuring my friend Donna Pisani. If you missed it yesterday, I hope you’ll take a listen today! - Beth
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 NLT
I can’t help but notice “waiting” creeps up a lot in life - as I entered high school I couldn’t wait to graduate and be in college. When I started college I couldn’t wait to graduate and move into working in the field of my dreams. When I was single I couldn’t wait to be married. Now I am married and I can’t wait to have kids. When I get sick I can’t wait to be healthy again. When a loved one is sick I can’t wait for them to feel better. If we’re not careful, life becomes about waiting for what is next instead of embracing where we are right now. Life - is it meant to be this waiting game or are we meant for much more?
In Psalm 27:14 David penned the words “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous, yes wait patiently for the Lord.” Some believe he wrote these words after his parents passed away, and some believe it was penned upon a victorious occasion where he was delivered from the sword of a giant. However the weight carried in his words transcends occasion, I think they hold weight in every season of life.
As we wait to see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, what are we to do? What part do we play? Sometimes I am discouraged when God doesn’t show up when and how I prayed for Him to - we’ve all been there. But I am so thankful for God and His Word. For many years I believed the meaning of the word “wait” to mean stay where you are, stay put, wait for God to do something. When we take this verse at face value, that is a good takeaway. But the reality of what God is speaking to us in this verse is much richer and helps us understand the part we play in the waiting.
What Psalm 27:14 means is this, “Bind together, collect, gather, and patiently wait for, on, and upon the Lord. Be strong and be made strong and let your inner man (your understanding, heart, will, mind) be alert and swift-footed in courage, bravery and security. Yes, bind together, collect, gather and wait patiently for, on, and upon the Lord.”
In the midst of what seems like a “waiting” season, our part to play is to bind up strength - twist it like a rope, to make it strong: the thicker the rope - the more weight you can handle. Become an expert at gathering strength from God. In the waiting our responsibility and focus is to draw nearer in reliance upon God. Life is not just about the fulfillment of God’s promises, or the mountain-top moments (even though they are amazing and God-breathed as well), life is about the relationship we cultivate with Him as we lay down ourselves and warmly invite Him into our every detail. It is in our daily relationship with Him that we draw strength and courage. We must be steadfast in prayer and believing God to do as He said He would do: in our waiting we are not to be discouraged.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 in the Message reads, “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the “Yes” of Jesus. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s “Yes” and our “Yes” together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By His Spirit He has stamped us with His eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what He is destined to complete.”
Whatever God has promised, we know it is stamped with a 100% guarantee because of the “Yes” of Jesus. Are you waiting on a miracle? Waiting for a breakthrough at work? Waiting for God to speak in what may seem like a silent season? May I encourage you friend, don’t give up. Maybe you’re waiting for life to pick up, to become who you always hoped you would be. Bind up strength, get alone with God and gather courage from Him. Do not give up. God is on your side, and whether you see it or not: while you wait, He moves.
Say It: “Father, thank You for the gift of having a relationship with You. In every season, I thank you for the promises you’ve spoken over and into my life. Today I choose to gather strength, hope, courage, and with a steadfast heart I wait upon You. I know what You have spoken will come to pass. I pray to know you more today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
- Written by Kelsey Jones -